Inmy life, I live by two major assumptions, that karma is real, andthat morality keeps the world sane. Myfirst assumption is that the world is a place that is governed by therules of karma, where one’s actions have consequences and a goodturn is awarded by good. In this story, the world is governed byrules that include the elevation of good that is always repaid whilea wrong is always avenged. Thisassumption has been advised by my deep belief in the rule thatwhenever we do well to other people, the same ‘goodness’ will beshown to us. Consequently, when we engage in evil, such as thecommission of crime or wrongs against other people in our society, wewill eventually pay for these deeds as the power that connects all ofus always wins in the end.
Myother assumption is of a world where morality keeps the world inbalance and without it the society has nothing but chaos and unrest.In this story, the world is guided by an understanding of morality,that recognizes right and wrong and where everyone has a duty toconduct themselves as per the norms of society.Some of the rules that guide this assumption include that the societyalways wins as we are subject to the rules of our communities.Another rule is that everyone obeys the norms of the society sincewhen everyone disregards them, then we are no better than animals andthere would be chaos. Lastly, there should always be sacrifice sinceif everyone gets what he or she want in life, then, our society wouldnot be civilized.
Someof the positive consequences of believing in karma include anacceptance of one’s role in life, and living a life that is guidedby the belief that one has control in their future. Through my beliefin karma, I know that through the position or place that I amcurrently in, I am empowered to serve my fellow man and thisobligation should be taken seriously. In addition, since I know thatactions have consequences and rewards, I can define my own futurethrough my daily decisions and actions. A negative consequence ofhaving karma’s rules is I may choose to suffer in a position ofweakness in hope of rewards in the future. Sometimes, this reward maybe unforthcoming and this might create feelings of disbelief, pain,and embarrassment. On the other hand, having morality and its ruleshas positive consequences such as that when one is morally versed heor she is fully accepted by the society. Additionally, one has apeace of mind when ‘morality’ as understood by the society isadhered to. Negative consequences of morality include that one’sposition in the society changes when their definitions of moralitychange or fail to mirror those of the general society, and this mightlead to ostracism.
Impactof Rules on our Lives
Inour society today, the rules of karma and morality are embedded deepin our societies as they define how we interact with each other. Forexample, most people feel that my belief in karma is a little toospiritual as it is hard to prove the existence of an intrinsic systemthat guarantees order and peace. Similarly, when I emphasize thatsome issues might have caused particular events, people dismiss themas misinformed as they associate real-life events with real-life andconcrete concepts that can be verified. To most people, belief inkarma is just a naive path that instilling fear in the society andundermining human freedom. On the other hand, my belief in the ruleof morality is shared by my community in general that adheres torules based on social interpretations of morality. A major rule ofmorality is that order should always be upheld by an adherence to setstandards and this adherence has earned me a reputation of beingapproachable, socially right and normal. Through my assumptions onthe primacy of morality, I have been accepted by society as I fit theexpected designations.
Finally,an alternative to my assumptions of life founded on karma would be aworld where there would be no consequence for our actions. In such aworld, people would be free to do whatever they want without anyexpectations of reward or punishment and in the long term, that wouldmake the world chaotic. In such a story, there would be no need toact in the best interests of fellow man since the same would not beguaranteed for a person and vice versa. Similarly, in an alternativestory that opposes morality as a major rule in the society, the worldwould be chaotic to a fault. In such a world, where morality does notmatter, the society would have anarchy, unrest, and instability. Inthe long term, such a society would bring about the de-civilizationof the society, as humanity would return to the kill or be killedorder of the archaic man. Conclusively, these stories about lifeadvice my ways of living as a member of the society, and while manypeople may not agree with their notions, I believe that they remaindominant.
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