We have seen a steady stream of news reports about science deniers resisting measures to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. That disease is reported to have killed 4.3 million and may have killed millions more. For some reckless recusants, resistance ended badly.
- A leading conspiracy theorist who thought COVID-19 was a hoax died from the virus after hosting illegal house parties
- Rightwing radio host and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid
- Pastor of California Megachurch That Defied Lockdown Order Dies of COVID-19
- Texas politician dies of COVID 5 days after posting anti-vaccine meme
- Herman Cain Tweets Coronavirus Not That Deadly [But died from it.]
- Extreme Covid-denier politician who dismissed virus as ‘socialist’ hoax is killed by it
Reading the report of one noxious Florida shock-talker dying of the virus he minimized, I began to think about karma, a concept taught by a number of Asian religions.
The law of karma refers to the law of cause and effect: that every volitional act brings about a certain result. If we act motivated by greed, hatred, or delusion, we are planting the seed of suffering; when our acts are motivated by generosity, love, or wisdom, then we are creating the karmic conditions for abundance and happiness.Cause and Effect — reflecting on the law of karma
My response came from a shallow understanding of the concept. The web provides plenty of useful expositions for those interested in exploring the subject, but this provides a precis of 12 rules of karma.
- Cause and Effect
- Whatever thoughts or energy you put out, you get back — good or bad.
- To make things happen, you need to act.
- Be humble enough to accept your current reality is the result of your past actions.
- Personal growth begins with what you can control, which is yourself.
- You own what happens to you.
- Everything in your life, including your past, present, and future, are connected.
- Concentrate on one thing at a time.
- Giving and Hospitality
- Give to things you believe in. Cultivate peace for others.
- Here and Now
- Embrace the present.
- Change provides a path to a better version of yourself.
- Patience and Reward
- To realize goals, be consistent.
- Significance and Inspiration
- Every unique contribution you make may affect the world.