Giving up my belief in karma – but not in a bad way

I’ve always been a big believer in karma: you get what you give. While I still (somewhat) wish to believe in this for the goodness sake of it, for example: you do a good deed, you get something good in return (however, often in an entirely different context or from a different person.) But recently I’ve been thinking about it in the negative aspect, as per the image above. I’ve witnessed some hurtful things people have done over the past few months and I just kept thinking, “it’s alright, karma will get them one day” until I stopped and realised what I was actually ‘wishing’ for. And that’s just it, I don’t wish any harm on anyone. Not even the ones who have done me wrong, not even the ones who have done the most terrible things in the world. I don’t really know WHY I think or feel that way, but I just don’t believe in the idea of  ‘an eye for an eye’ or ‘tit for tat’. I understand karma is the type of thing that doesn’t come as a direct result from what has been done, but I just don’t think that people deserve pain and sadness simply because they have done wrong.

Half of me says “yes they do, they deserve what they get because they’re bad people” but deep down, I don’t think that’s fair. Upon hearing that X* was hurt by Y, even though X had hurt me…I didn’t feel joyous, glad or victorious in any way. I felt sad for X. I have compassion for X and for pretty much everyone.

So that is my newfound stance on karma.

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*a person who hurt me recently

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3 thoughts on “Giving up my belief in karma – but not in a bad way

  1. Wow, you’ve reached that point which I reached some time ago. Nice to know I’m not the only one who experienced this epiphany. By the way, I read a great little post on here by someone else: ‘Be kind to others. They may not have had the chance to learn the things you have’. That is the best justification yet for compassion to those who act like selfish and greedy jerk-offs.

    • Yeah, that’s so true. And we never truly know what someone else is going through, even the ones we are closest to. So we need to be compassionate and forgiving at all times to everyone.

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