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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    A belief in karma requires looking at the big picture over eons of time and is not something that is usually consciously apparent in one lifetime.
    If that is true, than I see it as useless. Of course I don't believe in reincarnation.

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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Either Karma exists or my life is incredibly coincidental.

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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    If that is true, than I see it as useless. Of course I don't believe in reincarnation.
    It's useless if one only perceives physical incarnation as what is real and lasting, and identifies only with life while in physical form.
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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Of course I don't believe in reincarnation.
    I'm not certain that I do either, but it's certainly an interesting subject, and one worthy of consideration imo.
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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'm not certain that I do either, but it's certainly an interesting subject, and one worthy of consideration imo.
    It would be a mammoth thing to discuss even with people who believed in it to any extent.

    On one level it can be seen as simply a way to get people to act in a moral fashion for fear of the consequences.

    Then it is seen as not working because people do not get their just deserts, good or bad.

    Then it is made even more difficult by people like Buddhists who believe that it is a person's intention on which they should be judged not the results of their actions.

    I think where it can be seen to most clearly have an affect is in us having a choice in how we deal with situations and that that choice affects how they affect us.

    But even there things can be blown apart. People can suffer from such severe head injury or psychological trauma that they are no longer able to access the person they previously knew as themselves.
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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It's useless if one only perceives physical incarnation as what is real and lasting, and identifies only with life while in physical form.
    I have little interest in metaphysics or what ifs. 99% of what my life is composed of is right here and right now.

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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I have little interest in metaphysics or what ifs. 99% of what my life is composed of is right here and right now.
    And that's the way it should be.

    One must live his life as if he only gets to live it once - since that is also the logical and sane conclusion.
    "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post

    On one level it can be seen as simply a way to get people to act in a moral fashion for fear of the consequences.

    Then it is seen as not working because people do not get their just deserts, good or bad.
    True- it could be seen as a way to get people to act in a moral fashion, but fear of the consequences is not as much of an issue, based on my understanding, because it seems that the reincarnation and karma "theory"(for lack of a better word) is more about balancing, and not so much punishment-based. At least that is my rudimentary understanding of all things karma.
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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    True- it could be seen as a way to get people to act in a moral fashion, but fear of the consequences is not as much of an issue, based on my understanding, because it seems that the reincarnation and karma "theory"(for lack of a better word) is more about balancing, and not so much punishment-based. At least that is my rudimentary understanding of all things karma.
    well you make a very good point because I do not think the meaning has been touched upon and I am not sure I understand what it is myself.

    I guess my best guess would be that if you intentionally harm people, chances are it will come back at you, though I also see it as going further towards our common humanity.

    It does as far as I am aware in this life at least have an element of morality in it, does it not.

    Clearly it will not stop you from being killed or from having your belongings stolen, but it will affect your equilibrium, your own state of consciousness, which arguably is the most important things about your life.
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    Re: Do You Believe in Karma?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    It does as far as I am aware in this life at least have an element of morality in it, does it not.

    Clearly it will not stop you from being killed or from having your belongings stolen, but it will affect your equilibrium, your own state of consciousness, which arguably is the most important things about your life.
    Well, it does seem to have an element of morality in it, but it seems to be more accepting of human nature and less inclined to a harsh sense of retribution-based morality based on fear of punishment. Overall (imo) it encourages people to become more centered and conscious, but also seems to facilitate a more realistic pracitce of ethical behavior than some of the other religious practices.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
    -C G Jung

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