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Is there a Law of Karma?

The Law of Karma is a concept from Indian religions, where a person will always have to face the consequences of their moral actions. While simplistically, it can be interpreted as the principle that eventually good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people, the theory actually suggests a much deeper symmetry between the past and present across the evolution of a person's psyche.

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Gautama Buddha    Founder of Buddhism
As they thus cling there is a reversion to ignorance, and karma born of greed, anger and folly, is accumulated. As the accumulation of karma goes on they become imprisoned in a cocoon of discrimination and are thenceforth unable to free themselves from the round of birth and death.
Before 100 A.D.    Source

Deepak Chopra    Inventor of Quantum Healing
A very simple way to interpret karma is that it is conditioned response, the past influencing the circumstances of the present as well as our tendencies to act in conditioned patterns of behavior. We become bundles of conditioned reflexes constantly triggered by people and circumstances into predicted outcomes. Hence karma is considered to be a prison, a bondage. The goal of the spiritual journey is to escape the prison of karma and bring about the true response of our soul which is creativity.
21 Feb 2009    Source

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Experts In Philosophy

Robert Todd Carroll    Philosophy Professor
We are here working out our sins, evolving our souls, burning off some karma. These are the same feeble reasons given for the existence of evil in a world allegedly created by an Omnipotent, All-Good God. ... Karma is a law for sheep. We should not wonder that the shepherds advocate it. It is a law for the passive, for those who will not disturb the status quo, who will accept whatever evil is done as "natural" and inevitable. Karma is a law for slaves, for the vanquished.
23 Feb 2009    Source

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Experts In Seduction

Heartiste    Pickup Artist
Live by a fluid code of ethics. There will be those times when acting unethically will be personally advantageous and relatively consequence-free. In these cases the guilt won’t last more than five minutes. ... Stop living your life as if karma will reward you for your goodness and smite your enemies for their badness. A mystical moral payback system does not exist.
02 Jan 2008    Source


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0 Points      MTC      23 Feb 2013      Stance on Question: Disagree
Scientifically, there is no reason to believe in anything like this.

0 Points      blacktrance      11 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
There is no universal law that rewards the just and punishes the unjust.

0 Points      Benja      19 May 2010      General Comment
I think Roissy's behavior corresponds to a good portion of people, many of whom are under the self-delusion that this is not how they act. Remember that few people believe they're innately evil (I have met people with similar attitudes to Roissy, but they're not common - most prefer denial).

1 Point      Adam Atlas      05 Apr 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
People who do good things and bad things have good things and bad things happen to them, in every combination. There is probably a moderate positive correlation between being a generally good person and having good things happen to you, but one that could be fully explained by psychological and social factors. And at the level of the fundamental laws of physics... the universe doesn't even compute "people", let alone "good people". A fundamental law of karma would have to somehow also make good things happen to good rocks, cauliflower, stars, molecules floating through space, etc.

0 Points      Benja      05 Apr 2010      General Comment
"And at the level of the fundamental laws of physics... the universe doesn't even compute "people", let alone "good people"."

Exactly. I think people don't realize at all that karma can't just nicely supervene upon physical laws. To work, karma really has to seriously interfere with physical laws, to the extent that miracles would have to be commonplace.