After watching one too many My Name Is Earl episodes back to back, I suddenly realized that there might be something to karma. For those who don’t know the show, it basically features the protagonist ‘white trash’ Earl who after winning the lottery decides to make a list of everything he’s done wrong in his criminal past and fix one thing every episode.
Away from any religious connotations of reincarnation, the general philosophy of karma makes sense: where one’s life is governed by the actions they have done, are doing and will do. And from all of that we form our life experiences inspiring a million cliches like “what goes around comes around”, “every action has an equal and proportionate reaction”, “coming back to bite you in the rear” and pretty much the lyrics to Radiohead’s Karma Police.
Is there any truth to it though? Whether you believe in God and religion or not, is there perhaps on a superficial level some thing that connects our lives to a greater scheme, where every move we make sets off a series of unforeseen events? This concept is at heart of so much of both science and religion; that cause and effect that inspires more cliches like a ripple effect and a domino effect. But then again if we do put a little, faith, in this concept we might be admitting to the need for something to tie it all together, the same way that the ripple effect is contained within a body of water: something definable like a pond or a river. But at the center of where we stand, the point where the stone drops, we don’t have a wide enough lens to see the river bank. Maybe it’s God maybe it’s the universe, maybe it’s both, maybe, if you believe it, none of that exists and everything is just random: our world consists of complete chaos and we’re just too involved, getting too carried away with conspiracy theories of the universe, looking for patterns in that chaos; searching for reason in the madness.
Maybe I should make a list like Earl’s and try to make right all my wrongs before I grow too old and accumulate to many. It’s not like I have a criminal history but I would like to balance out my universe, in the metaphorical sense of the word.