Karma is the idea that people who do bad things will have bad things done to them.
- It somehow rights wrongs without explanation
- It is done by some higher power or the universe, not by people or causal events
- It can be done anywhere to any person in the universe
- It happens even if no one knows that someone did something wrong
- It assumes objective morality without explaining what that morality is
- It is somehow able to judge what actions are bad and punishment to give them in response
Karma is therefore the idea that the universe or some god is omniscient to see every action, knows objective morality to judge actions, somehow knows what punishment that action deserves, and is capable of carrying that punishment even though this being is not physical. This is why Karma seems too convenient to be real.
What karma seems like instead is something people made up to convince themselves that people who wronged them will be punished.
- It allows a person to take revenge without having to do anything themselves, thus giving them the pleasure of thinking that that person will suffer
- It relieves them of any guilt since they are not responsible for the person’s punishment, even though they still want the person to suffer
Karma allows them to cope with a bad thing that has happened by finding someone to blame who will be dealt with by karma. They use karma as a way to have the same negative emotions as someone who takes revenge does by wishing harm on others. Karma stops them from doing a bad thing unlike revenge, but it still encourages hatred.
Karma is less harmful than revenge, but it still uses hate to wish harm on to others.