Thiel: Staying on the good side of karma

I feel that if Karl Marx were alive today it would be TV that he would describe as the ‘opiate of the masses.’

I don’t like TV. As a matter of fact, I really don’t like it at all.

I find it to be a distraction from what is otherwise a remarkable experience—life.

It tends to numb the masses. I feel that if Karl Marx were alive today it would be TV that he would describe as the ‘opiate of the masses.’

Having said that, I will admit that I do watch TV from time to time. My favourite show is “My name is Earl.”

At risk of sounding like a redneck (I realize it may already be too late), I have to say that the program serves the public with what is an excellent message, one that is rooted in morality and accountability: be careful what you plant, because it will grow up on you some day.

“My name is Earl” is a show simply about the immutable law of karma. Karma can be described as the total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person’s existence, regarded as determining the person’s destiny.

I other words, if you do something kind or cruel to someone else it will come back on you ten-fold.

For those of you who do not watch the show, I will bring you up to speed…reader’s digest version.

There is this redneck by the name of Earl. He has lead a pretty checkered life and in doing so, he has hurt a lot of people. This would be considered the actions of ‘bad karma.’

One day he has an epiphany, realizes how much he has hurt others and creates a list of all the things he has done wrong. One by one, he strikes them off his list by correcting the wrongful action of his past. In doing so, he is removing the bad karma and replacing it with good karma, simply by the actions he chooses.

The show is unusual in the sense that it is rooted in moral accountability for ones actions.

This is no revolutionary idea, in the Bible it talks about how we will reap what we sow, in the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the matter of karma is the foundation in much of their motivations.

We have all seen examples of karma. The payback can be good or bad, depending on your actions.

I remember one time when I was 12 years old, I found a wallet with $1,200 in it. I, like any other kid thought ‘cool, $1,200 dollars for me’…for about 10 seconds.

I called the man who owned the wallet and he picked up his wallet and his $1,200 dollars. He left me with $1,000 dollars, as a reward. Good karma, I thought. My mom would not let me keep it.

You can argue it all you want, you can discount it and rationalize it as much as you want, but karma, or whatever you may call it, is out there and it is ever watching. No one else needs to be in the room to see it.

I know for a fact that if you do something kind, anonymously and expecting nothing in return, karma will be kind to you in ways you cannot imagine. If you are knowingly malicious and deceitful towards someone, if you are dishonest in business or in your relationship, get ready for a karma audit.

Sometimes the pay out is immediate, sometimes it takes a bit longer, but sooner or later, the circle will be complete.


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