YOUR VIEW: Believing in kismet and karma

Published on Monday, 10 January 2022 21:06
Written by Sarah Chantharavongsa

I believe in kismet and karma.

Often people wonder, if God was actually real, why has He let all these natural disasters occur. Why are innocent people getting killed everyday?

It’s not that God is not real (if you can call a higher power that, I’m just saying His name as an example), it’s as if a form of karma has been put down on humanity as a collective, not just on an individual basis.

But does that make it okay? It sure as hell doesn’t feel okay, but there perhaps really is a reason for everything, even disasters, as awful as that sounds.

If humans actually started loving each other as a whole, genuinely and unconditionally, wouldn’t there be more infrastructure and resources for the impoverished? Wouldn’t there be less chaos? The butterfly effect would be spreading more positivity rather negativity and with that, the world – including the environment – would be much more stable as a whole. Technology would improve, since the education system would actually give a crap, and also thus reach out to more unfortunate countries – therefore providing more opportunities to people who could very well be the next Einstein and what have you.

And honestly, this could all happen if we just put in more effort into being kinder to one another, as simple as that sounds. But I think that’s the thing, this “kindness to everyone” rule, anyone can easily understand and do, even children. So there should be no excuse to not practice it. Why else would kindness be so easily accessible?

This also brings us to the topic of isolation. Humans are communal creatures; we’re not supposed to be hermits, not for too long, at least. It's just not good for us. We are meant to work together, to enjoy each other’s company.

Our fishermen, bakers, our shoemakers, artists, musicians, the amount of things, of ideas, we can share in this world are endless, and yet we take so much of it for granted every day. So much of this gratitude gets lost in the translation of our daily lives. (Which brings us to another topic concerning gratitude, but I’ll save that for another day.)

But anyway, this also brings us right back to the point of how we are all a collective. We live for each other, and we must also help each other live. We must be kind to one another.

And yes, maybe there are a few bad people out there who currently don’t deserve such kindness, but as a reminder, it’s not like they were born inherently evil, and of course, we all know that. But in the end, we only have ourselves to blame for whatever tragedy befell them to cause them to be that way.

I do believe that people can change, but I also believe that justice must still be served. Which funny enough brings us right back to karma.

Empathy I know can be hard for some to feel, but the ways to practice and understand it can still be taught. It’s something that I strongly think the education system should incorporate – it would help benefit the community and future as a whole.

Sarah Chantharavongsa, who goes by Siri, resides in East Haven, and enjoys freewriting as not only a meditation practice, but also as an art form. Currently, she is on a never-ending quest translating the beautiful poem that is our universe, and to spread healing, love and light whenever possible. Her passions include: enjoying life's simple pleasures, making sure her precious human “bean” of a son grows up happy and well, and as of late, writing out her heart's truth.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Monday, 10 January 2022 21:06. Updated: Monday, 10 January 2022 21:08.