Karma isn’t coming.
I know, for all of us, there is a sense of security that comes from believing that a problem is going to be taken care of. And I don’t mean our personal problems. I mean the global ones that are often out of our hands, come out of left field and take a swipe at our sanity. Where an Indian girl is gang-raped and forced to drop the case, leaving her the option of killing herself or marrying one of her rapists. Or when new legislation comes forward that makes it possible for others to make medical choices for your body that are none of their concern. We want to believe that some larger force is going to come down and help with the situation, and if that doesn’t happen, then clearly it was an oversight.
We want revenge, and we don’t want to do it ourselves.
But revenge shouldn’t be our goal. Change should be our goal. If you want revenge, then you’re going into the situation thinking only of that scenario, of those particular people. And karma isn’t coming after those people.
Karma is meant to be balance in nature and life, and we don’t know what that balance is.
So be your own karma. If it pisses you off that people are getting away with beating their significant others, then do something. Call in that domestic abuse report, and then refuse to back down until they do something about it. You can’t just hope that a truck is going to hit the perpetrator, or that they will be beaten. It solves nothing except giving you a vicious thrill, a taste of violence, when what you should really be doing is fighting against violence.
We are too far out of balance when our solution to violent crimes is to wish violence on others.
It certainly wasn’t karma that put six gang rapists into jail on murder charges. It was a huge crowd, protesting for justice.
Karma isn’t going to stop these doctors from imprisoning new mothers.
And karma isn’t going to come down on the legislators who refuse to pass VAWA.
We are. We’re going to come down on them, and we’re going to keep bringing change into the world.
But we have to be more loving and compassionate than our enemies. Far from being vengeful, we have to be thoughtful and creative with our solutions. We have to face the evils of the world without standing behind a shield of supernatural interference.
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” – Andrew Boyd