I’m a very firm believer in karma, and put it this way: I get a lot of good parking spots.
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
The bible states that, “As ye sow so shall ye reap.” I’m not a biblical scholar but even I know that phrase isn’t about agriculture. It’s about Karma, a universal understanding that what goes around comes around. Basically, it means that we teach others how to treat us by our words and our actions.
I happen to believe in Karma; I’ve just seen too many examples of it in my own life and the lives of others I’ve known to ignore it and based on that experience, I believe some heavy Karma is on its way.
It may not be, as John Lennon wrote, Instant Karma because karma sometimes takes its own sweet time. It can even be quite capricious at times but inevitably, Karma happens and when it does, ‘shit goes down’ to use the vernacular.
Instant Karma’s gonna get you. Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together. Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead
– John Lennon, Instant Karma
Personally, I don’t fully understand how Karma works it all out and perhaps it is because things sometimes get quite complex that Karma takes as long as it does to resolve things. It must be very challenging for Karma to resolve, for example, an evil person being evil to other evil people. Still, Karma seems to figure it out and resolve it most of the time and payback can be a bitch.
I have avoided writing about the coming election in Canada or the polls that keep cropping up about who is and who isn’t leading in the race to become Prime Minister. If history has taught us anything, it is that an election isn’t decided until election day and typically it is the weeks leading up to the day we vote that Karma gets real.
Instant Karma’s gonna get you. Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin’. Join the human race
– John Lennon, Instant Karma
I remember last year’s Quebec election. Premier Pauline Marois spent a few weeks before the election handing out cash to buy things like hockey rinks and hospital upgrades. Quebecers, like most Canadians, love handouts. She even sweetened the deal with her Charter of Secular Values that would ban the wearing of religious symbols and she managed to attract the well-known owner of Quebecor, Karl-Pierre Peladreau to join her party.
I believe that last decision was influenced by the hand of Karma.
Mme Marois was xenophobic and a separatist. Her government not only infringed on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms but on Quebec’s own Charter of Human Rights as well. In other words, it was a violation of the values we have set for ourselves as a people and of the rules we have put in place to prevent political leaders like her from eroding our freedoms and liberty. Mme Marois was a threat to everything for which a free and democratic society is supposed to stand and her rhetoric was more reminiscent of other, more infamous political leaders, who had suppressed the rights of citizens in their countries.
I suppose Karma could have simply arranged to have her run over by a huge cart drawn by a couple of draft horses and carrying maple syrup from the sugar bush but Karma doesn’t usually work that way. That’s too obvious and Karma tends to work in round about ways. Instead, Karma gave Mme Marois a gift – Karl Pierre Peladreau and her political career was over before the vote was even cast.
Mr. Peldreau only opened his mouth during the campaign to change feet and whatever lead Mme Marois, and her party, enjoyed prior to calling the election quickly disappeared down Mr. Peladreau’s throat.
Instant Karma’s gonna get you. Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers. Ev’ryone you meet
– John Lennon, Instant Karma
Out in Alberta, Conservative Premier Allison Redford was well on her way to establishing a regal democracy with herself as princess. She misspent taxpayers’ money almost as regally as Louis XIV and Karma showed up rather quickly and to abruptly remind her that she would never be queen.
Sometimes shit just has a way of working out; to once again use the vernacular.
All of that to say that Karma is usually fairly reliable at sorting things out and it appears that there is a lot of sorting out for Karma to do these days.
There’s a lot of hate and anger around. It seems that almost everybody hates somebody or something and many of us aren’t too shy about sharing our feelings. The fact that a majority of that hate and anger is based on simple-minded stereotypes that denigrate entire groups of people is the kind of thing that attracts Karma’s attention. Karma doesn’t like hate.Typically we see the dark side of Karma when we spend more time criticizing others than we do improving our own faults.
Usually that’s a major trigger for the Karmic Program. Send hate out – get hate back. It’s almost axiomatic. Respond with anger – receive anger in return. We see it every day. It’s Karma in action.
Karma doesn’t do it to be mean; it does it to teach. As a species we’ve had a few thousand years attending the Karma School of Get Your Shit Together but we seem to be slow learners. You would have thought that by now, we might have learned that there are better solutions to disagreements than killing each other in wars but we haven’t. You might have thought we would understand that hate and anger never resolved anything; they’re more like gasoline tossed on the fire of intolerance but we haven’t learned that either.
It’s bad enough when the sheep in the flock start biting each other but when the shepherd starts encouraging it as many of our political leaders are doing these days; that’s the inducement for Karma to get busy and all the pollsters and backroom strategists are no match for Karma once it gets royally pissed.
Canada is experiencing considerable polarized, partisan division. It is fraught with yelling and accusation, political cynicism political corruption, self-righteous sanctimony, racism, xenophobia and misogyny. In a word, it is distinctively un-Canadian and I believe that Karma has taken note.
This coming election will decide the course the elected government charts and will set the tone of how we, as Canadians, will live. Karma will give us the opportunity to set a course back to our traditional standards but if we don’t heed the warning, Karma will guide us to continue to erode the things we thought we were protecting with all that anger and hate; the very things that made us Canadians. If we don’t stop choosing sides rather than standing up together for our nation and its freedoms and rights, it will be a very rough road because in the end,
Karma can be a real bitch and when that happens – shit gets real.
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