1. an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
(Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster)
Sometimes, the most beautiful thing about life is spontaneity. Making rash decisions, falling in love, drinking too much wine, cursing, crying, yelling, laughing…all moments that are decided on a whim.
Imagine a world without spontaneity. Imagine a world in which each decision is carefully thought out, calculated, and inspected for future retributions or rewards. How can a world that is focused solely on the future lend any kind of promise or excitement in the present? If I live in constant fear that my mistakes, outbursts, or over exuberance will negatively effect my life in the future, how do I live in the now? A constant life of fear…my actions and words are measured…does this not sound like Harrison Bergeron or 1984? Sure, good and decent decisions I make will be rewarded, but is it not human nature to make mistakes? The human capacity to forgive becomes useless and dies out if I can’t redeem myself through others and must pay for every poor decision I make.
Would I change my ways if karma was a scientifically proven phenomenon? Probably not. I live my life the best that I can and am proud of the way I treat those around me. I am compassionate to a fault and quick to give second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. But rather than permanently live in the future, fearful of my every action and word, I would like to dally in the moment. I would like to be silly and make mistakes and be forgiven and forgive others for the mistakes they make. In a world in which karma exists, I would rather take my licks than live in fear about every decision I make.
Interesting topic! On its face, my immediate reaction was to say, “well yeah, of course I will change.” But the more I thought about it, the more I wasn’t so sure.