I’ve seen three good movies

I’ve seen three good movies in a row, and was just thinking that I’m due for a bad one. Which got me pondering how deeply ingrained the concept of karma is in our society. We apply karmic reasoning to things to which it cannot possibly apply. If I become rich, then someone else will suffer for it. We had a mild winter last year, so this year should be a doozy. Okay, while there may be some application for karma in economics, it does not work with weather. Yet people assume it does on a regular basis. Weather just happens. Movies just happen. Some are good, some are bad. Seeing several good ones in a row does not build up some odd vaccuum of bad that must be filled at the first available opportunity.

Perhaps the conundrum is an internal one–a guilt-complex that requires punishment. We had a mild winter last year, so we deserve to get hammered this year. I’ve had too much fun at the theatre, it’s time for some pain. I suppose another part of it is the odd assumption that there is an over-arching intelligence in the universe, watching out for the balance of our lives. I think it’s hogwash, but still I’m influenced by the concept, having been raised in a culture where our deistic assumptions go unquestioned for the most part. Sure, we ask the big questions, like “is there a god?”, but do we ask the little questions, like: “how has my life been affected by a cultural belief in a god?”

That said, I think I’ll go see the latest Arnie movie, and resist all karmic expectations.

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