I recently was given the opportunity, via Facebook, the modern forum for all things philosophical, to ponder the following quote:
“If someone treats you like shit, just remember there is something wrong with them, not you. Normal people don’t go around destroying other human beings.”
First things first: I strongly agree with this, on the surface. But it also reminded me what a sticky issue karma can be for those who have not fully grasped it. When people discover that I am Hindu and that I accept the notion of karma, I often hear “Oh so everything that happens to me is always my fault then, huh?”
I simply accept the notion.
And, while everyone in this material world has certain karma to contend with, it does not mean that those who deliver that karma into our lives are blameless. The person who has been “treated like shit” is not expected to just accept this treatment as their lot in life. And the person giving them poor treatment is creating karmic reflux for themselves.
By his or her own set of karma, the perpetrator in this drama may have been thrown onto the bike path of the victim’s life, like a large piece of gravel. But that does not make them blameless for how they played the part they were given (part they cultivated in previous lives).