Even people who don't identify with one culture or another, believe that you get what you give. In other words, the way you treat others, for the better or worse, will come back to you. The modern slogan for it is, what goes around, comes around. I myself have always been a believer in karma itself, mainly because throughout my life, I have seen it wreak havoc on evildoers mercilessly. It's not a fluff bunny that slaps you on the wrist. It's a serious force that can destroy you completely. Probably the best example of this involves the time that my grandmother's house and land, which was also my home through my teenage and young adults years, was wrongfully take from her by greedy relatives.
It's a bit of a long story, but one worth reading. My grandmother had lived at this house all of her life, and kept it and the surrounding land, consisting of several acres and a forest, strong and beautiful. It was a great refuge for me in my constant struggle to escape the toils and hardships of my birth home. When my grandmother's mother became old and disabled, she took care of her until the day she died, her father having already been long dead. When her mother passed away, she left no will. Because of this fact, under North Carolina law, the house and land could not be given to any owner. The unjust lawsuits against my grandmother started with her neighbor, who had been an associate of the family but not blood related. She claimed that my grandmother's father had left the house and land to her, which was a complete lie. The case went all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court before my grandmother finally won it all. However, she did not come out of it unscathed. She had spent untold sums of money fighting the suit that her lawyer refused to try and recover.
Sadly, this was not the end either. Now her siblings had gotten word of the fact that there was no will. So they filed their own lawsuits. The legal action was a bit different this time because, even though her siblings didn't have a written claim either, they were the blood heirs. Even though my grandmother had paid for the home all her life, including the taxes every single year, and her other siblings had contributed nothing, the court would not award the house and land to my grandmother for a lack of a will. After a decade of fighting and losing all her money, the house and land was sold by law, dividing up the money between my grandmother and her siblings. It was all driven out of a sense of ruthless greed, nothing more.
What happened to everyone involved afterwards is why I will always believe in karma, and more broadly, the Furies and the Avenging Spirits. The neighbor who started the lawsuits soon ended up in a nursing home, which broke her bank. She died fairly quickly, and her son who had lived next to her and constantly harassed my grandmother, was soon evicted from his land by the state because he couldn't pay the taxes anymore. Reaching my grandmother's siblings, one bought a brand new car with her share of the money and soon after completely totaled it in an accident; she was unable to buy another brand new one. The other sibling who had been part of the suit also ended up in a nursing home and soon died. My grandmother came out on top, with the most money from the sale and a new house in the City.
You can't do people wrong. It will always come back to you, sometimes with unrelenting fury if your act was deliberate. The good eventually receive the rewards, while the evil and unjust will eventually get the punishment. What you believe, or don't believe, I really don't think karma or the Spirits care. All of the people involved in this case who got the shaft were Christians, but I believe the Furies and the Avenging Spirits came for them all the same. Could it have all been coincidence? Would those things have happened to all those people the same even if they had left my grandmother alone? Perhaps. But it seems rather odd. When something happens enough times, it ceases to be coincidence.
Don't get me wrong. I don't rejoice at the misfortune of those people, and I certainly would never dance on their graves. I wish I had the power to turn back time to the very first lawsuit and avert it all from even happening. It was not I who passed judgement; I do not have that power. But what I would do is tell others that it is essential that they live their lives with virtue and honor. You don't have to be a certain religion. We all know what is right and what is wrong, what is ethical and unethical, and we will be held accountable for it.
In the Goodness of the Gods,