Saturday, August 30, 2014

Karma is for Bitches

Philosophical questions are usually rumbling around my brain and one that has been haunting me recently is - where does morality come from? Am I good? Why do I do the things I do? This is a thread I have been pulling on as I attempt to unravel the question of human rights that I have discussed in previous posts. If there is no ultimate authority / highest power aka God as some believe then what is the basis of deserving or rights? Without the big guy making the final ruling, it comes down to what we decide as a majority thereby making morality subjective. If morality is subjective then therefore all rights are as well because your rights only follow what is expedient for the majority. 

For those who believe in a higher power most are good because they either are afraid of divine retribution, they don't want to disappoint a god they view a parent, or they think there is a reward waiting because of all the good they have done. All of those reasons suck and do not make you a good person. There is of course the category of people who irrespective of their belief in the existence of a god believe in Karma - "what goes around comes around" or "you reap what you sow". Belief in karma isn't because you are a decent person, it's because you think you'll be repaid for evil actions or because you don't want to live in a world where people do evil with no consequences. Both are selfish reasons and as the plot of that Seinfeld episode, there is no true altruism. Karma is a bitch because it's for bitches. Newton's Third Law states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This could be interpreted as proof of karma in one realm therefore it must translate into other realms and so I suppose belief in karma can be a purely pragmatic intellectual doctrine but my gut says those people are few and far between. 

The bible says "there is none righteous" and I have to agree. People are motivated by selfishness and self preservation either by what they get from their good deeds or what their good deeds hopefully shield them from. I suppose this is a very dim view of humanity but if someone has any alternative thoughts that are less dour then I welcome them. This perspective doesn't make me depressed, I simply like to try sussing out our programming. 

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