This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?
Your behavior should be what it should be regardless of Heaven, Hell, Karma or any other punishment or reward system.
If you are doing it for the reward? It doesn’t count.
I think they should have that printed in LARGE letters in every holy book there is. That would fix your butts. All your butts. There should be no reward system at all. Religion cons you. I admit there are times when morally and ethically bankrupt people need religion and the guidelines it instills in them because, frankly, they have no clue how to be a real human without it.
You do good for the sake of doing good. Not because some god somewhere is going to pat you on the head like a trained cocker spaniel and say “Good dog, here’s a bone. Now roll over.”
For all the gods must of themselves enjoy
Immortal aeons and supreme repose,
Withdrawn from our affairs, detached, afar:
Immune from peril and immune from pain,
Themselves abounding in riches of their own,
Needing not us, they are not touched by wrath
They are not taken by service or by gift.
De rerum natura—Lucretius
No. My behavior would not change. I don’t do what I do because I seek a reward. I do what I do because after careful examination, I judge it to be the right thing to do. I don’t need that pat on the head, ear scratch and “Good Dog. Have a bone”
Perhaps all those Quakers on my father’s side passed those pig-headed, do what is right, genes on to me.
My one prof in psychology came up with a simple question and the answer reveals more about you than you think.
The conditions of the question:
The person you loved more than anyone else in the world was dying of a disease.
The death was going excruciating pain that can’t be stopped so they will die screaming in pain.
BUT you know your neighbor has invented the cure. So you go to him and ask him to sell you the cure that’s waiting for a patent. He tells you sure. I’ll sell it to you. “$100,000,000”
You have dickered with him. You have begged him. You have tried to get loans. You have tried every means possible to get that cure. And he refuses to change his mind about the price. There is no way you can get that cure and the person you love most in the world is going to die screaming while you watch.
BUT… [yep a But] You know he has bottles of it in the refrigerator in his garage and no one is home from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. every weekday.
What would you do?
What’s the right thing to do. Remember Stealing is a sin and a crime.
That answer will tell you more about a person than anything else. Do you do what is right? And I’m not telling you what is right. You have to decide that for yourself. You don’t get a God patting your head and saying “Good Boy. Roll over. Play dead. Have a bone.”
Me? My ass would be over that fence as soon as they were out of the driveway and by 9 a.m. poured down my loved ones throat. But that’s just me. I’m willing to do the time for the crime. Death can’t be fixed. Anything else is negotiable. My mother horrified me when she said she would let my Grandmother die screaming in pain because “Stealing is a crime and a sin.” Did I ever tell you, I didn’t like that woman? I am not sure how she had me… no I take that back. I’m sure I am what I am because of what she was. I just did the opposite of what she was. I’m sure who my Daddy was but I am not too sure who my mother was. [and that’s actually not a joke. My blood type is O+. Her’s was AB-. I know Dad was my dad. We could be identical twins.]
You do what you do with no expectation of reward. That’s when you get the reward. Otherwise? If you change up because you now know you will be punished or rewarded based on your behavior? There is a word for you. Hypocrite.
And I can’t see anyone patting you on the head and saying “Good Boy. So could you kindly move downwind of my table?
So… Put your money where your mouth is. LGBTQ PUSH BACK Help out. Oh yeah and there is a give away too.
Or try this so you know how others feel when you say mean and spiteful things about those less fortunate than you. SNAP Challenge [No you can do it anytime, not just the week they say to try it. You do not have to wait for next year]
Or heck do both.
And remember, you do things because they are right to do, not to look better than you really are.