(Ego Illusions, December 23, 2021, go to the art gallery)
The concept of karma is not very dissimilar to divine justice. Thanks to karma or God, a good or bad reward follows our actions.
Karma contrasts with randomness, which is the idea that things happen for no particular reason. But are we sure there is any opposition?
Pure determinism (karma) believes that existing causes entirely determine all events. Pure randomness is the opposite idea. Both these are two equally not provable ways to make sense of the mystery of life.
What is wrong with the concept of karma? It can justify our claims that the facts of life are as we like them because we have been good; or that our life is as we do not want it because we have been evil. For example, we can perform seemingly good actions not because we are good but because we expect a reward. Same with divine justice.
What's wrong with the concept of randomness? Essentially, it tends to deny that the entire universe is intelligent and has a purpose; thus, it tends to take away meaning from our existence. On the other hand, pure randomness does not exist in our daily experiences. We instead notice causes and effects. Randomness is philosophically closely related to materialism, and both can justify every human aberration.
A third way can be to get out of this opposition. Each of us is not a single person opposed to an external reality. The universe is a fractal, and we are within this fractal. Geometrically, each part of a fractal is equal to the whole fractal. So each of us is the entire universe, and we create a reality that corresponds to our awareness.
Then it's no longer a matter of karma or randomness; it's just a matter of recognizing one's ego as an illusion.
(December 23, 2021)