Free Spirit Award

krystallina of Daiyamanga kindly nominated me for the Free Spirit Award.  

The Rule:

The only rule for this award is that you have to write a post about whatever topic the person who nominated you gave.

The topic I’m to write about: Karma.  

Honestly, the first thing I always think about when “karma” is mentioned is this song:

That aside, I’ve encountered and discussed the concept of karma in the context of one of my undergraduate majors.  It’s a fairly interesting concept as an idea.  I’ll go into it in broad terms.

There are several different ways of thinking about karma, but many focus on the effects pre-death and post-death.  Pre-death karma is more like a cosmic cause and effect – you do good, good happens to you (happiness happens) and vice-versa.  Post death karma can extend to your future lives on rebirth or even affect your “status” of rebirth.

It’s never really clear of the full impact of karma.  For example, you do a good deed, you feel good – that’s an example of immediate karma.  But no one really knows that act’s impact on the immediate future or future lives.  That’s why some schools of thought seek to “act without acting” – act in a karmically neutral way.

There are a variety of criticisms of karma that are also thrown at various religions.  I won’t bother to cover them here.  The problem I will address is the knowledge of karma itself.  Since karma is affected by act + intention (generally) then knowledge of karma may skew the intention.  For example, if you act to avoid karmic punishment or in light of karmic reward, it’s a selfish motive.  That would then have some impact on the karmic outcome of the action.  This is very similar to the psychological challenge to altruism – can someone really act with pure altruism?  They posit that helping someone and feeling good is a selfish motive – you act because you feel good in exchange.  The theory goes that this negates the “altruistic” intent.

All told, that’s a really fancy and unnecessarily complicated way of saying, “I really hope karma doesn’t exist, or I’ll be in a bad sort of way.”

My Nominees:

I like picking blogs I follow that don’t seem to have done this award too many times. Your mission, should you choose to accept it,  is to describe what anime means to you.  This can be anything from how it affected you, to life choices, to how much fun it is.  Those are just some starter examples – feel free to take it wherever you want it.

AikaFlip

The Anime Analyst

Otaku Gamer Zone

twosensei

Mistakes Cheerio for Chesto

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