With the concept of Karma being a real thing, it made my mind go philosophical for a moment. I did some research and learned a new Latin phrase: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Roughly translating to, “Who watches the watchmen?”
It’s a question for the ages for sure, and Socrates used it in his writings in order to spur the ideas of a tyrannical government. I was a little surprised to discover that it was actually borrowed from Jevenal, a Roman Satirist, which goes to show that even sometimes the best of writers borrow from other sources.
Regardless, if Karma were proved to be a real thing, I don’t believe that it would change the way I live my life. I’m always making an effort to make life easier for others, to be a good husband, father, and son. I know that my life is not my own, my daughters are a constant reminder of that, and many of the principles I live by are based on a passage in the bible:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. – Luke 9:24
The Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have other do to you – would also work in its place. And after taking a quick look at the Wikipedia article for it, I see that there is a LOT more to it than just the Christian ideal.
Do I believe in Karma? I believe that there will come a judgement day, in which we will all stand before God to give an account for our deeds and misdeeds in this life, and that will determine our place in the world to come. I know that if I am found wanting when that day comes, there will be no time to make amends for the hour of repentance will have passed, so now is the day to live the live you want God to judge. If that is a form of Karma, then yes.
Do I believe that you are going to get in an accident because you cut me off in traffic? Not as much.
But I do know that my children will be picking out my nursing home, so I do my best to raise them.