Sunday, August 16, 2020

If Karma Doesn't Exist, Explain This

Many of us Polytheists and Pagans believe in karma, the idea that the Gods or the Universe will repay you, either for the good or bad, for the things you do in life. Skeptics dismiss it, of course. But I have seen it happen too many times in my own life to ignore its obvious presence. Whether we call it Karma, judgement of Gods, the Furies or the Avenging Spirits, there is clearly something more to the governance of the world than what meets the eye. 

One of the first questions skeptics will pose is, "If karma is real, why are there bad people who live happy lives?" I would say to consider the fact that you don't know what is going on in the personal lives or minds of these individuals. They could be personally miserable for all you know. Having lots of money and success isn't necessarily the key to happiness. The same with good people who seemingly have hard lives. It's possible for someone with little money or success to be happy. I think it's also important to note that karma isn't the idea that if you are good, only good things will happen, or if you're bad, only bad things will happen. It's possible for a bad person to experience good and vice versa. Karma is the simple ideal that you are paid back for the things you do. 

But the larger question to this post is, why do I believe in karma and what's my compelling case for it? As I said, I have seen it happen many times, but one of the most recent and colossal had to do with my mom's side of the family. My childhood home and lifelong home of my grandmother was unjustly taken from her by greedy relatives through a loophole in their mother's will, or more accurately, a lack of said will. Her mother and father did not leave one before they died, and even though my grandmother had lived there her entire life, took care of their mother solely, and paid all the bills, taxes and renovations on the property, the court still forced her to sell because of the technicality. She was literally evicted from her home by the State of North Carolina and the money from the sell was divided up among the relatives. This lawsuit to steal my grandmother's house and land had actually started in the late 90's by her neighbor, who claimed that my grandmother's father had given her claim, even though she was never able to produce any evidence strong enough to satisfy a court. For years, she sued my grandmother, caused her immense pain and suffering, and forced her to spend all her life savings on lawyers just so she could keep her home. The woman's son, who lived just behind my grandmother's house, also hated us and would constantly try to make trouble. The case went all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court where the neighbor suffered her final defeat. So my grandmother, at this point, had saved her home. The problem, however, was that this lawsuit had drawn the attention of her siblings, who could lay a legitimate claim because of the fact that there was no will. There was nothing my grandmother could legally do. 

So, what became of everyone involved in this scandal? Well, let's start with the people who unjustly sued and took her home and land. Two of them died shortly after, among them being the neighbor who started it all. The neighbor's son found himself with no job, no money, and unable to pay the taxes. He was evicted from the land and his mom's home because he couldn't pay the taxes, making him homeless. The final relative bought a new car with her share of the money, but totaled it in a wreck shortly after. Everyone who wronged my grandmother in this elaborate scam, went down in flames. My grandmother, on the other hand, received the most money from the sell and bought herself a new house in the city and a new car. All those who committed this horrible transgression paid dearly, some with their lives. My grandmother, who was always on the justifiable side, had nothing but benefits in the end. Too many and consecutively frequent to be "coincidence."

If karma does not exist, explain this.

In the Goodness of the Gods,

Chris Aldridge.