You know the premise to the show 'My Name Is Earl' co-starring the amazing Jaime Pressly? Well, for the unlearned, Earl wins a lottery ticket only to lose it when hit by a car. He believes Karma is doing a number on him for the rotten life he has lead. Earl writes a long list of things he needs to make right, and after he starts his mission he happens to find his winning lottery ticket. Thereon in he continues to follow up his list.
Well here's my list. I won't be able to make it all public because that could possibly result in a lot of serious consequences. I'm far too young and pretty to go to jail... and always will be. Let me just say, for now, that all the things I have stolen have mainly been from incredibly large faceless organisations. Others, I'll pay them back when I can afford it.
Will I be able to make all these right? Nah, but I'll let you know when and if I do. Don't judge me by this list please; it's all in the past. I'm a really super nice friendly amazing guy now. Hey Jo?
1. Mark (Jughead) Smith. In 1987 I repeately squashed bananas into his pencil case and stole and discarded his school text books. You didn't really deserve that even though you were a total dick.
2. Pommie, Sawry and the other library nerd guy. Those homemade chocolates were laxatives (as you found out). Sorry.
3. Jason (Chuck) Mountney, I graffitied all over your house that 'you sucked' and 'that you were gay'. You and karma already got me back puh-lenty on that one, so let's just call it even eh?
4. The Maroochydore Surf Club 1988. I destroyed the backstage wall in a drunken bid at showing off my muscular power.
5. I regularly stole softdrink and chocolates from my church canteen. Meh... actually you won't be getting that back.
6. I made public something about someone that should never ever have been posted to a public forum. Actually, I achieved bygones on that one, I think.
7. I've recently snuck into two movies without paying.
** - This all actually sounds like bragging doesn't it???
8. I think I bullied my little brother as he was growing up and affected his personality in some way. I also stole his share of the smurfs... dammit.
9. I borrowed my dads new outboard motor and put in the wrong type of petrol (instead of two-stroke). I wrecked it.
Hmm, I'll leave it there for now. Actually I'm finding it hard to think of things that need to be set right but I'm sure more will come to me soon. Until then. Play safe, and chew your food forty times.
Forgiveness for the undeserving? Even though it may be hard to do in practice, certain belief systems (Christians) teach individuals to forgive those who wrong them, rather than seek retribution for a wrong. Other belief systems adhere to similar concepts, such as the Taoist, or we weir, which encourages a wronged individual to simply accept the infraction and to take the least "resistive" action to correct it, if any action need to be taken at all.
Buddhism stresses the weight of karma: one can take retributive action, but that retributive action is not without its consequences, and living on a finite planet guarantees that the suffering incurred by a retributive action will return to the individual who was wronged (as well as the one who did the wrong-doing). Some subscribe to the Golden Rule of ethics rather than any law of retaliation.
Mahatma Gandhi remarked on the lex talionis; "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and the whole world would soon be blind"