Fandango’s Provocative Question (30 September 2020)

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I could set my clock by Fandango’s Provocative Question (actually, I probably could, although I never tried). But Wednesay’s mean just one thing. Today, Fandango asks:

Do you believe in karma (or a similar “reap what you sow” notion)? Why or why not?

Ha, karma. Nice idea, but…

I’ll keep this one short, and just use a few examples to illustrate what I think.

Hitler? How many deaths did he cause? Was it sufficient payback that he lost his own life at the end of the war? Joe Stalin, perhaps? Stalin didn’t even come to a grizzly end, so you could argue that there wasn’t even any payback in that case.

Pol Pot? It is estimated that the revolution caused almost 2 million Cambodian deaths, Pol Pot suffered a year of incarceration before he died in 1998 at the respectable age of 72.

Let’s bring things up to date. George W Bush? Tony Blair? Did they get karma for the wars they prosecuted in Iraq and Afghanistan? No, they are living in retirement as very rich men. All the current world leaders, will they get karma for the additional deaths caused by their own incompetence during COVID?

Karma? Meh…

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

6 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question (30 September 2020)”

  1. Interesting take on it. I think (personally) that each of those individuals did get retribution, even though the public didn’t/doesn’t know about it overall. Twig? I happen to think he’s probably bothered by his image these days – most people think of him as the worst President (well up to 45 of course) ever to sit in that chair. He’s despised and ridiculed, this long after his ‘reign’. I bet he don’t sleep well at night, nor does Blair. And maybe that’s because I feel they shouldn’t rest easy. Those other horror shows you listed might have gotten retribution ‘after’ this life, if that’s how one believes. I hope they did. But as Lauren said, you make some very valid points.

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  2. I do believe in karma but I also believe we don’t understand how it ‘works’. I guess it’s also possible to repent in a next life. So I wouldn’t be sure that Stalin walked out that freely.
    On the other hand we just would like to see bad things happen to bad people but that’s just no reality, fair or not. It only speaks of those people you mentioned; being able to take so many lives, do so much evil but don’t have the guts to take a stand when it was their turn. To admit their wrongdoings and to change.
    I saw a documentary about a big nazi commander, held in prison in Israel. Never ever he admitted that something was the matter. He was more upset that ‘they’ caged him like an ‘animal’. He was still reciting the silly words from the propaganda all those years later. Crazy.

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