Looking for the Karma

My son has the word Karma tattooed on his wrist (ouch).  He sees it as a reminder to think before he acts because, in the Western interpretation of the word, What goes around comes around.   Sometimes, I wish he looked at his wrist more often but that’s another story for a password-protected post.   But here it is, Tuesday again, and Top Sites Tuesday #125 requires my Two Thoughts.   Karma is the topic.  What brings me to the subject of Karma?  To tell you that, I need to take you back to two prior posts.

I try to run a nice blog around here.  I try to offer my Older Perspective on Life as a sixty-something Sage who’s been around the block a few times and has some useful experience to pass along.  I try to avoid being the Fool and while my readers seem to like my Inner Curmudgeon, I try to keep him in check, mostly because my wife has informed me that when I let him out too often, I’m hard to live with.   But sometimes, I just  have to let him speak for me.  In So Much for Nice, I posted the infuriating tale of a Mr. Albert Hole (get it?) whose car I hit with my bicycle, putting a small dent in his rear fender.  Several days later, Mr. Hole turned up with a bill for over $10,000.   Given the choice of killing him or turning it over to my insurance company, I did the latter.   Then, just few short weeks ago in Venting, I posted about discovering that Transamerica Insurance Company had increased my automatically deducted premiums by a factor of ten, leaving me thousands of dollars poorer by the time I noticed.   My very curmudgeonly post was brought on not by their legalized theft from my bank account but by their insistence on telling me how important my business was to them at the same time they were telling me to go stick it.

Well, let me give you an update.   Mr. and Mrs. Hole have shown up in our park again in a brand new Hyundai SUV and insist on parking near my favorite spot, overlooking the lake.  I don’t want to know if my insurance paid for their car, I just want to flip them off … maybe sneak up behind them and blow my horn to scare the crap out of them … better yet, just ram them broadside.  Muri won’t let me.   I’ve had two more letters from the Transamerica Insurance and Theft Company … one including a check for $224 out of over $3000 … both filled with more mindless customer service bullshit.   The Inner Curmudgeon is about to erupt.  And he’s wondering … Thought Number Onewhere the hell is that Karma when we need it?  When’s a park sycamore tree going to fall on that freaking new Hyundai and Venting going to go viral, bringing Transamerica to its financial knees?

Yeah, the Sage knows better.   The Sage knows that in various Indian religions, Karma can act over multiple lifetimes, so that our acts in this life may be repaid in later ones.   The Sage is a big fan of Wikipedia, which tells him that Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment.  The Sage offers Thought Number TwoMaybe Mr. Hole has reformed and is working with the homeless in Orange County.  And maybe I’ll get to see Transamerica crumble in a future life.  Practice acceptance, Bud.

I gotta admit, sometimes my Sage is the better part of me, the angel sitting on my right shoulder.  My Inner Curmudgeon is often the devil on my left shoulder.  But this time, I’m going with the Curmudgeon Screw acceptance.  I want my Karma and I want it now.  Crush that Hyundai.  Bankrupt Transamerica.  If you’re with my Curmudgeon (and I know you are) push my button … gently … to make me Number One on Top Sites Tuesday #125.  And don’t be afraid to leave a comment … my Inner Curmudgeon almost never bites readers.

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12 Comments on “Looking for the Karma”

  1. My older daughter and I differ a good bit at times over lots of things but especially about revenge and karma. She is of the opinion that when wrongs happen, she needs to do something and seek revenge. I am of the opinion to let things alone and if it is deserving of revenge of some sort, it will happen in its own good time. (Plus I am actually too lazy to be bothered trying to come up with some exorbitant or exotic plan to try to get even mainly because in years gone by when I did practice the getting even strategy, my plans always seemed to backfire and I was the one with egg on my face. However, pull a practical joke on me and I will usually try to find a way to get even there.) I don’t worry anymore about people getting their dues -doesn’t have to be in my lifetime -and now, I’m relieved to learn from your post that Karma will continue on over many years so I can continue to leave things alone and know, eventually, it will all get taken care of by “Karma!” (Oh and tell Muri I really enjoy seeing the curmudgeon appear as quite often his thoughts do parallel mine.)

    • oldereyes Says:

      The truth is that venting through my curmudgeon is often all the revenge I need … and I get to look at it as a “free” blog post. I certainly don’t believe in Karma in this life … to many jerks are far too happy … and I’m not sure I believe in other lives So, mostly, I complain then go on with my life.

  2. There are some things that justify a less-than-peaceful reaction. I’m pretty sure Gandhi would have been irritated by the $10,000 (fraudulant) bill and the Transamerica transactions (though slightly less so about that, since they did send you letters you didn’t read…ha). You weren’t being curmudgeonly about those – you were right.

  3. liggybee Says:

    Hmm…karma! Must be our karma when we don’t get to enjoy watching karma get back on people who deserve it. Does that make any sense? 🙂

    Have a great week, Bud. Your blog is always “nice” to me.

  4. ‘Where the hell is that Karma when we need it?”

    Right? Karma sure does take her sweet ass time to show up. But I do believe in the end, everyone gets what they deserve.

    “Screw acceptance.  I want my Karma and I want it now.  Crush that Hyundai.  Bankrupt Transamerica.”

    Oh hells yes, Bud. I am totally WITH your Inner Curmudgeon!!!

    • oldereyes Says:

      Somehow I knew you’d stand behind that sentiment, My curmudgeon loves you, my Sage want to tell you, “Surrender, my friend.” Yes. sometimes I want to punch him, too.

  5. Wolfbernz Says:

    Hi Bud,

    I haven’t the slightest idea how they could have come up with a $10,000 bill from a dent from your bicycle, or why they would even bother, it’s just ridiculous.

    Since it’s hard to find the ball and jacks we played with as kids, I would suggest stopping by the local hardware store and picking up a pound or two of roofing nails and scattering them about their new favorite parking spot – simply by dumping them by accident of course – and give Karma a helping hand LOL


  6. Trina Says:

    I,m with you Bud! Karma needs to smash that car and bankrupt Transamerica… wait, they hold my life insurance… yeah, totally not going auto-withdrawl with them. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

    Your Sage and Muri,are right, don’t do anything silly… revenge just starts the bad Karma back your way.

    Clicks for you,

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