We live in an economic system that is at it's bare bones socially Darwinist. There are at least a billion humans who are born into seemingly dire circumstances. Born into existences that require hand to mouth subsistence, those born into barbarous wars where life is measured in hours...not years. People right here in the wealthy United States that are born into desperate poverty and uncaring social depravity. I have literally heard too many times from people I respect; otherwise empathetic spiritual people who try to justify their fellows humans born to live in those inhumane conditions are enduring their own 'karma'...that in a past life they acted in such a way that 'karma' put them in their present conditions.
I am reminded of a quote that I first heard from Marianne Williamson that says - "If it is someones karma to be born homeless and in poverty, then it is our karma to feed and house them".
This is a reciprocal universe, we are to stand in the gap for each other wherever we can. If we are to ignore others dire conditions as their 'karma', then we need not ask for assistance when we find ourselves in unfortunate circumstances, it will be our own karma. And the socially Darwinist cycle continues.
Suppose that which we call 'God' does not act one bit in the affairs of humans, suppose this mythical 'God' is somewhere in the universe chilling on a beach, in a lounge chair with an umbrella drink, watching a double sunset and triple moon-rise with some hot Pleiadian chick. Let's imagine that this God upon creation of the human race meant what 'He' said when he stated in Genesis that "it is good" regarding his creation. Like an artist after their masterpiece painting has dried on the canvass; "it is done and it is good". Suppose this theoretical God has given 'his' creation all of his own attributes and trusts us to use them to compassionately, to lovingly care for ourselves and each other?
No I don't really believe that there is a singular 'God' out there that is person-like with a personality and temper and that he created humans...but for me that theory above makes more sense than the biblical story of sin and perdition... also karma and suffering for our blindness.
However, I do believe there is responsibility in the Universe. We are a fallen people. But, I don't believe in retribution for past life atrocities in this present life. I believe that it is the fortunate among us who have seen their own inequity and self corrected. There is power in waking up...becoming conscious of ones effects on the world around them. It is indeed possible that the idea of karma may be hindering the awakening of mankind, that possibly people who are damaging others lives may be resisting awakening in a sub-conscious attempt to avoid what may be 'divine karmic retribution'. As I scan my own life...I only internally suffered from the things that I knew better than. I'm willing to hold out that possibly those that are harming mankind may not know any better, and the only way to teach them is by example. By us working with what we have to help those who are subject to the unawakened, greedy and fearful.
We need to stop projecting karmic retaliation onto others. Come to grips with our own human transgressions and be merciful with ourselves first. It isn't called 'human mercy and grace' for nothing you know.
It's time to be the Love. Forget about Karma...it very well could be a man-made concept to modify behavior and explain the unexplainable. The idea of karma may have passed it's usefulness now. Personally I don't think charitable acts in an attempt to modify ones karma is effective anyway, if it doesn't come from the heart...if it isn't a present moment connecting with anothers human need and your own compassion.
Jesus isn't coming to smite the wicked, Karma isn't going to mash the corporate/government elite in their next lifetime. We're witnessing the birth of a new paradigm, a paradigm dominated by grace, human dignity and Love. Love waives all karmic debt.
Karma is old world.
Be the Love,