Karma is Victim-Blaming

What goes around doesn’t come around. Stop saying that. If everyone’s fortune was dictated by the moral weight of their actions, well, then, that cyclist whose brain was splattered over the sidewalk just had it coming.

It’s baffling that people still resort to these platitudes, which, in extremis, are actually depraved and offensive.

It’s annoying that the people who usually cite these karmic laws carry themselves with the imagining that they’re floating above the ground, lifted by the invisible hand of whatever god they can’t define.

Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people.

And by the way, some good deeds do go unpunished. I bought a homeless man a sandwich and the universe found a way to not step in and not give me a parking fine. Is this a miracle?

Sounding profound and being profound are not always the same thing.

What can go wrong will go wrong. Sometimes. Sometimes it won’t. What a pointless saying. It’s not a law. It’s bullshit.

Now, there are many reasons why we should be good to others, some are self-serving and some are just plain altruistic, but the universe is pretty clear about its impartiality.

It’s not pedantic to make these complaints. How many people who have suffered, who have been abused, will hear the words ‘it’s not your fault’ and not believe it.

There’s a human tendency see patterns when they’re not there. A victim may blame themselves rather than confronting the fact that they had no choice. It was not their fault.

What goes around doesn’t come around. Stop saying that. It’s not helpful.

This has been the seventy-eighth publication of Dressing Gown, a daily blog from Ted Janet.

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