February 8: Karma chameleon
Reincarnation: do you believe in it?
Reincarnation is defined as the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.
I believe reincarnation is an interesting concept. It makes sense that the higher moral quality you have during your previous life, the better off you will be in your next life. Treat those around you with kindness and respect, whether you know them or if they are complete strangers. Do not be cruel to animals or creatures less fortunate than you, or you may come back as one of the creatures you tortured only to be tortured yourself. Have a good moral compass and be rewarded in the after life. Same concept is applied to other religions, like christianity. Do well by others and be given good tidings at a later undisclosed date. But what about this life? Sure, they seem like good ideas to live life by if you believe about the afterlife or next life. But what about receiving good news for your current life?
I have never really studied all that much religion or philosophy. I took one class over religion and a few more on ancient philosophy. I find them both fascinating, just have yet to find the time to dive fully into the subjects. Surely there are writings or stories that show readers that if they do good by others in this life, they can receive the befits during this lifetime. Karma is an action, work or dead; it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.
Karma is used for the current life. What goes around, comes around. Karma is a bitch. You get what you put in. But we have all seen those individuals that seem to catch every break, never really had to work for much, born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Then we see the people who day in, day out work themselves to their bones, never have a bad word to say about anyone and yet, every time they take one step forward, they take three back. Karma is fickle and can be used as justification of many situations, however it does not and cannot apply to all situations. Taking the divine aspect out, Jesus was crucified and killed for treating all people as equals because that scared the Roman government. How does karma apply to his situation? Jesus was treated completely unfair for preaching kindness to the masses.
Now back to the prompt at hand, do I believe in reincarnation? Again, interesting concept and I like the idea of having a good moral compass, but I am not quite convinced reincarnation actually happens. Honestly I am not quite convinced on any religions or their ideas, other than love. I am a firm believer in love and being kind to others. Not for the heavenly rewards or to be reincarnated as a better human, but because it is the right thing to do. I was taught the golden rule in kindergarten, “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Never really seemed like that difficult of a concept until you meet someone who obviously does not deserve your kindness or respect. Nonetheless though, you still give it to them, not for their benefit. You give it to them because at the end of the day when you look back on your actions, you can say that you were the best possible self you could have been that day.