My friend Maureen in Key West is a wonderful correspondent: writes long letters, sharing what’s up, her take on my take. We’ve sorta gotten into shorthand, no expectations about when you write back. Which is good because I often can’t respond right away… Fortunately, my friends are used to it! It’s very nice to keep in touch this way, a rolling conversation…

She wrote to me today about karma. Karma is a fascinating subject. Not that I don’t believe it exists, that energy, but to think that it’s waiting in the wings to pounce or reward, that it would be immediate or even a certainty is too ludicrous, too Uh-mare-kan.

U.S. citizens REALLY like believing things come full circle. But maybe they don’t. Not all bad guys go to jail. Bad things happen to good people. Good die young. If there is karma, the only thing we know for sure is that we don’t understand it. Kinda like God.

Maureen writes:

IN RE KARMA:  What did Jesus Christ do in his own or any former life to deserve what he got, i.e., scourging, crowning with thorns, dragging his own cross up the hill, crucifixion/suffocation, pain.  And, if that was to payoff my bad karma, and your bad karma, why the hell do we have pain and suffering?

What did my three and two-year old granddaughters do to earn repeated molestation at the hands of a cult devil worshipper? 

I don’t buy it – karma that is.   I think it’s a misperception of earlier, simpler human minds. I guess it’s natural, if you do bad, to think that when bad happens, you’re being punished for your bad.  Not only did they do nothing, I am 100% positive that I never did anything to earn the pain and suffering I felt when my grandchildren were molested.

And, if I’m being punished for some former life, what good does it do if I never experience that former life, don’t know what I did, and therefore don’t "learn my lesson"?

Talk of karma reminds me of Laurie Johnson, who suffered a terrible loss. During an Oprah interview, she said she always thought, as a young girl,
that "as long as I obeyed the rules and obeyed God, I would be rewarded
with a happy
life and a happy ending." If you rely on karma, you think this is true. She lived that life, but she did not get that happy ending.

Later in the interview, she said:

"Instead of living this life of expectation and rules and formulas, I feel like I live this life of curiosity. I have no clue what’s going to happen tomorrow, so I just take this moment to be here."

Powerful stuff. The notion of karmic retribution and reward traps us into behavior based on fear and lust; behavior based on expectations, rules and formulas. I’d rather live a life of curiosity, if I can break out of the box. My karma’s just going to have to get along without my attention.

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