Karma – A World View

Mohamed BouaziziBeing laid up with this bad back has given me a little more time to think.

Before I go any further, I would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to send their best wishes for my recovery. The good news is that the pain has lessened greatly and I’m on the mend.

I’ve been thinking about all the major events happening around the world. The political unrest in Egypt, the Yemen and Tunisia, cyclone Yasi in Queensland Australia, all examples of cause and effect.

People tend to think that Karma is a personal thing, but it also has a collective effect.

The riots in Tunisia, started by the self sacrifice of a single man, have empowered people and caused political change, maybe on a massive scale. The cause of the unrest, far from being Mohamed Bouazizi’s self immolation, was the corruption and oppression of the peoples of Tunisia.

Cyclone Yasi, the most powerful storm recorded in over a century is not due to the Karma of the Queensland inhabitants exclusively. Although they made the causes to be in the eye of the storm, the storm itself is a result of rising sea temperatures, an effect of global warming, which is your responsibility, my responsibility, the developed world’s responsibility for using ever more energy.

As I lay in my bed, it was easy to imagine that I was isolated from the rest of the world. But in fact, we are all connected, all of the time, however tenuously, through the Earth and ultimately through the Universe.

We must all change, we must consider the effects we are causing, and how much worse the disasters will become if we do not make that change.

Simplistic though that thought may be, through Kyo Chi Gyo I we can make the world a better, safer, happier place.

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