OpinionKarma doesn't exist for the simple reason that it has no mechanism, as with most superstitions.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-04-04 at 20:04:36   (7 comments)

On 2009-04-05 at 03:54:11, BorgClown wrote...
I disagreed because Karma can be real, in the sense that individuals have a moral compass of their own, and given the chance they will punish "evil" and encourage "right". http://www.xkcd.com/562/
On 2009-04-05 at 03:57:47, BorgClown wrote...
Of course, reincarnation in other life forms according to your previous Karma is stretching it too much. If you reincarnate as an insect, you don't have enough consciousness to atone for your previous sins. I suppose being an insect is enough atonement, but even then , you don't have enough consciousness to suffer from it. Maybe your spiritual peers will mock you for having an insect life in your resume, if they don't mind their karma loss for mocking.
On 2009-04-05 at 09:43:22, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, I read all about this last year and it was when I got to the bit about reincarnation that I realised what a joke this religion really is. Karma is a fascinating invention, particularly since people buy into it so readily. It's wrong to say that it happens because of vigilante action and such, because karma is supposed to be blind - one good or bad act leads to another, unrelated incident in the future. I suppose you could argue that a chain of good (or bad) acts might lead back to you, with relatively little relationship between the first and last, e.g. Pay It Forward (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897). In that case, I'd amend the meaning of my vote slightly to say that whilst your actions affect others, it's not a supernatural or religious mechanism.
On 2009-04-05 at 14:37:38, Thelevellers wrote...
I think I'm with Lee here, I love the concept of Karma, and it's fine to act like it's real, in a similar way to using the bible as your basic rule book (but better, as it's easy to bend the rules in the bible, whereas according to karma if someone suffers there's bad karma - full stop.). But I wouldn't go as far as to say it IS real, as it's quite possible (unlikely, perhaps) for a nice person to go through life only meeting nasty people and never getting the return on their good karma. With out the re-incarnation factor (which, like Borg says, is a not great any way) karma seems a bit lacking.
On 2009-04-05 at 14:40:02, Thelevellers wrote...
I came up with an alernate version of re-incarnation once, when having an insimniac night. It was based on life choice's, so if you make the most of them you get more next time around, if you waste them you get less. After a think about it though I realised that that is gonna lead to a disproportionate level of punishment - talk about taxing the poor! Heh, good thing I'm not ever gonna be listened to really ;-)
On 2009-04-05 at 18:13:58, Baslisks wrote...
well after a certain times of failing to take the correct actions so few correct actions are left that after awhile you have to choose the correct way. Supposedly you'd learn to do better as time would move on. Reincarnation isn't supposed to punish the person but allow them to learn from their mistakes. As an insect it would be hard to make a mistake so that you can possibly learn whats right and whats wrong in between carnations.
On 2009-04-05 at 23:39:11, BorgClown wrote...
I think it's time to erase the no-memory-of-previous-reincarnations clause for reincarnation to be truly effective =P