Over the years, it has become more than frequent that huge commercial conglomerates will take a poignant song or expression, and use it to peddle their wares. The first time I recognized this, I was a child in middle school and Nike used “Instant Karma” By John Lennon. I was relatively unaware of who he was, but after that, I had to ask my mom and she even sung along to the song, as it played on the Nike commercials. Eventually, I even got a t-shirt that had the lyrics on it. Here is a brief excerpt that I sang over and over again.
Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin’
Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see
Laughin’ at fools like me
Who in the hell d’you think you are
A super star
Well, right you are
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev’ryone come on
I had to learn what karma was; and I did, and if anything in the world is responsible for the foundation of what I believe, this is probably it.
Karma is one of the most powerful things in the world. It supersedes logic, reason, religion, politics, everything. Here is how. When we were children, all of us, I am sure we learned the golden rule, which classically reads, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” To me, it’s the simplest thing in the world; and that maxim, in its various forms, has been passed down by humans since the age of Egyptians in 2000 BC and maybe even before that.
But to be honest, this simple, basic decree has to be taught and learned, in order to be properly demonstrated. When we are born, we are helpless, dependent on our parents for nourishment, protection, everything required for survival. Our needs are singular and above all else, selfish; because we want to survive. There is not one crying, hungry, soiled newborn, who stops for a moment and thinks, “Is my physical state conducive to my parents’ needs?” That never happens. So, it is usually the job of the parents to instill the idea of the golden rule, through teachings and daily demonstrations that will hopefully be further instilled once the child begins school.
As we all know, as we grow into adulthood, we take our own path and sometimes that path leads us towards the equally old maxim, “I gots to get mine.”
This brings me back to karma. Karma is the belief that whatever you do comes back to you. It’s Buddhist in origin, but universal in execution. No matter what you believe or your religious or non-religious affiliation, we are all subject the influence of karma.
In my own personal experience and observation, karma operates in two forms. The first is instant. For example:
-Person A has a cupcake with their name on it.
-Person B sees that cupcake, picks it up and eats it.
-Person A sees their cupcake being eaten and says, “Hey, that’s my cupcake!”
-Person B says, “No, it’s not.”
-Person A says, “Yes, it is. It has my name on it!”
-Person B says, “Ya snooze, ya lose.” And then person B, breaks their tooth on a sprinkle.
That is instant karma. You wrong someone and immediately answer for your wrong doing. If one is cognitive of the power of karma, you recognize your instant punishment by the cosmos and move on, all the wiser for the experience.
The second form of karma, I really haven’t given a name to. Let’s call it delayed karma. I am not going to give an example because the possibilities are limitless. There really is no way to know what could befall you, if you greatly wrong someone else. And… On the positive flip side, there is really no way to know what reward you can receive for your good deeds.
This all leads back to the golden rule or the maxim of reciprocity; treat everyone the way you want to be treated. If we all could follow this very simple and basic rule, I think that on a national scale, on an international scale, and on a planetary scale, we could save ourselves from self-destruction.
Think about it, we are all on the same planet. Subject to the same forces, living our one life. Why not live it well? We all shine on.