Why I Don’t Believe In Luck Or Karma
The other day I got a letter from Mental Floss asking for me to subscribe to their magazine. If you have never heard of them before, it is a magazine with random facts and information and is actually quite entertaining. I might take them up on their offer, but that’s besides the point. Inside was a little bookmark with some random facts including this one “Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.” I then wondered when the next one was, and noticed we had one this month. Even though today is Friday the 13th, it doesn’t make me uneasy or feel like something bad is going to happen. I have never been superstitious (ok maybe when I was very young and believed a watermelon would grow in my stomach if I swallowed a seed), but since then I have a different outlook on life.
I don’t believe that all things just happen by mistake or that some people are lucky while others aren’t. I believe that God puts us through various situations in our lives for specific purposes. We may not always understand or know why God brings us where he does, but we must just trust Him and continue on. That being said, I do believe in coincidence. Although many things happen for a reason, I feel that not every single moment in life has a distinct purpose to fulfill. For example, if you see someone you know at the store it doesn’t necessarily mean you ran into them for a reason, it could just be a coincidence. I think sometimes people take the “everything happens for a reason” quote and start over-analyzing every situation trying to find out why it is happening. But we shouldn’t spend so much time trying to decipher the reasoning for the action, just take what is given to you and deal with it accordingly. Spend your time to grow from each situation in life instead of wondering why it happened to you.
Okay, so I went off on a tangent a little bit, but I also wanted to mention Karma. So many people use this term all the time and it drives me crazy. Karma is something that is believed in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, but all believe slightly different things about it. If you do something bad, bad things will happen to you, and if you do something good, good things will happen to you. I’m sure you all understand that. But it also deals with reincarnation. If something bad happens to you now, it could be punishment for something in your previous life. So if you don’t believe in reincarnation, why do you believe in Karma? If you don’t follow religions that believe in Karma, it doesn’t make sense to just pick one element of a religion and believe it without following anything else.
It also seems that people tend to believe that if someone does something bad to them, they should be able to do something bad back to them because that’s Karma. But if you understand Karma, this doesn’t make sense at all. It doesn’t mean YOU should be the one to make something bad happen back to them, that is up to the Gods to deal with. So if you were to be vengeful, you would just be creating your own bad Karma.
But I don’t believe in Karma. And I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God (Christianity) and that we all sin and are forgiven. We should always treat others kindly no matter how they treat us, and allow God to deal with those who don’t. It is not up to us to punish people or make people pay for the wrong things they do in life, we must just be the best that we can be.
So if you have ever blamed something that happened to you or another on Karma, just make sure you understand exactly what that is first. Do your research and see if it is truly something you believe before you start claiming that you do.