I sat at a table of friends as one relayed her experience with road rage. She told how she absent-mindedly merged into traffic and almost hit an oncoming car. The driver of said car then lashed out with a tirade of abuse and obscenity. Once the traffic cleared the car sped past her, still yelling abuse.
Funnily enough, a few minutes later my friend noticed the abusive driver pulled over by highway patrol.
Someone at the table piped up and said a word I hate to hear, "Karma,” – the insidious, normalised, celebrity-endorsed worldview that what you put out comes back to you.
You don't have to go far to hear people refer to karma - on reality television, the radio, in conversation. Regardless of its Buddhist and Hindu origins, karma has seeped into our Judaeo-Christian society. Like its cool. A new standard.
In reality is, it’s neither.