Karma

At Connie's memorial a few days ago
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I have always believed in the principle of Karma.

It is defined in Wikipedia by the intent and actions of an individual (cause) to influence the future of that individual (effect).

Most major religions have karma in their doctrines, i.e., heaven and hell and reincarnation.

But I don’t always agree that individuals deserve what they get in life.

Yes, I know that sounds like a bit of hypocrisy, but let me explain.

Sometimes, the cause does not justify the effect.

This morning, tributes continue to pour in for the three teenage hockey players killed when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a tree.

Teen hockey players – Caleb Reimer, Parker Magnuson, and Ronin Sharma

It happened at 3:00 AM on Sunday in Surrey, BC.

Although the police are investigating the accident, I am sure that some people will offer opinions on what they think had probably caused the tragic accident.

Some people might speculate the cause was because the young men must have been impaired or speeding.

And I am sure that some folks would declare that they got what they deserved.

But I’m afraid I have to disagree.

Because this is one of the exceptions to the principle of Karma.

Nobody deserves to die.

In fact, vegetarians suggest that no living thing should be killed – and although I am not a vegetarian, I agree with them.

People sometimes do foolish things.

In my younger days, I used to drive – even if I had been under the influence of alcohol.

I also enjoyed speeding – until the summer of 1967, when I parked my ’49 Plymouth against a large tree at about 50 miles per hour.  I bruised my ribs, broke a tooth, and cut my chin.

The tree owner came running out and was screaming that he had phoned the police on me.

But at least his wife was kind enough to give me a towel for my bleeding mouth and chin.

The policeman drove me to the hospital and gave me a ticket for driving without a license.  I had my beginner’s license but did not have a licensed driver with me at the time.

My punishment was a $13.00 ticket from the Ontario Provincial Police; the car was totaled, I lost a tooth, several stitches to my chin, and my ribs and jaw hurt for several days.

But the cop who gave me the citation was doing his job – so I had no hard feelings towards him.

Yes, I deserved the ticket, and the injuries I received were life lessons.

But I wonder how many people would have been sympathetic to my plight that day.

I am sure some would say I deserved it.

And yes, it was karma – I caused the accident by racing a buddy’s car on an unauthorized 1/4 mile strip in Vittoria, Ontario.  And my injuries were the effect.

But if the crash had killed me – did I deserve to die?

I wrote about it in my The Summer of ’66 story.

I used to believe in capital punishment (death sentence) for the killers of children or women but softened my belief when I became an adult.

I do not believe in capital punishment but instead think that the punishment for murder should be life in prison – and with no parole for the most heinous crimes of murder or terrorism.

But Danny – I thought you did not write about politics or religion?

I don’t, Spanky.  To me, Karma is a fact of life.

And I will never believe that those three boys deserved to die in the accident – regardless if they were at fault or not.

However, that is just my opinion and you are entitled to yours.

UPDATE:  Here are a couple of photos of the crash site and the memorial:

From 5 days ago
Crash site in Surrey, BC

 

Dedicated to Caleb Reimer, Parker Magnuson, and Ronin Sharma (R.I.P.)

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

End of the Rainbow – lyrics

So, walk away slowly
Don’t look back in anger
No rhyme and no reason
Has ever been clear
But today is tomorrow
Winters are summers
And the end of the rainbow is near

So, live on the laughter
Walk through the darkness
Time of the seasons
And nothing to fear
But today is tomorrow
Winters are summers
And the end of the rainbow is here

Goodbye amigo, my fair-weather friend
From humble beginnings
And right to the end
We dwell on all the glories and stories untold
Memories old reappear
So, today is tomorrow
Winters are summers
And the end of the rainbow is here

So, set your eyes on the distant horizon
We think of each other this time of the year
So, the autumn is the springtime
And the winter is summer
And the end of the rainbow is here

Goodbye amigo, my fair-weather friend
From humble beginnings
And right to the end
We dwell on all the glories and stories untold
Memories old reappear

So, today is tomorrow
Winters are summers
And the end of the rainbow is here
The end of the rainbow is here

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Ashley Gibb / Stephen Gibb
End of the Rainbow lyrics © Crompton Songs, Gee Son Songs, Tune O Matic Songs

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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