Sunday, 1 July 2012

Unfair karma?

You may often look at the lives some lead and wonder why your business hasn't taken off, why you can't win the lottery or why your father didn't leave you an inheritance.  In short, you ponder your karma and why it doesn't smile upon you.

We see images like these on television and the Internet daily.  In fact, they're given disproportionate representation because watching 'normal' people doing mundane things is boring; the masses would rather know how the top 0.02% of the world live instead.  Hence the popularity of shows like The Fabulous Life of... and MTV Cribs.

As for the millions of suffering, well, it's sad, but "there's nothing you can do for them" is usually cited as the rationalisation for not giving too much attention to that depressing aspect of life.

They often say one needs to be grateful and in our busy, stressful lives we forget that.  We are more driven than ever to get the things we think will make us happy.  What you may have achieved or acquired is quickly forgotten.  Nothing wrong with goals and desires, but they consume us to the point that we become obsessed.  "Wanting something badly" we are told, is good for you, and this is part of the reason people want to see expensive houses, fast cars and fabulous lives on TV - they are the things to aspire to.  By any measure, we've become very self-absorbed.

It's only fair though to remember that less fortunate people are as real and no less important than P Diddy or Donald Trump.  These people however are not acting or interested in their public image.  They are on their last reserves...often days away from death.  In that respect, they're more real than any contrived gig, interview or spread you may see on the two above-mentioned people.

 These unpleasant images don't surface much on social media or any websites/blogs.  They're not in keeping with the world we want to see.  Watching someone on the brink of death is not as interesting as seeing someone cruise in a Bentley.  Besides, these images are mood-killers on a Saturday.

You can't infect and inundate your mind with negative imagery, but to pretend these people aren't a huge part of this planet is just as bad.  Depressing as it is, they share Earth with us and need to be acknowledged.  Just once a week, I believe you need to see images like these, get down on your knees, and thank whoever/whatever it is you pray to.  For reasons unknown - karma or possibly purely through luck of the draw - you weren't born into such a life.

You should never feel pressured to help or donate money - to obligate one to help another defeats purpose of charity.  What you are obligated to do as a sentient being though is decide if what's happening to these people is something they deserve, or something the priveleged are allowing.

"Heaven regret the day when caring about another should mean something." 

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