Our culture often misquotes the bible when we talk about “Money is the root of all evil.” The actual quote from the bible which is something attributed to Jesus was that, “The love of money (Greed) is the root of all evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV). Our culture has also picked up the word karma and made it a concept understood by many that what goes around comes around. Even though the Indian religion concept of karma is at odds with most Westerns religions; “faith, or the will of God vs the cycle of actions and past lives,” I am going to try to talk about this subject from the conceptual point of view rather than doctrines.
“Karma is a b!tch” is a phrase often used by people that seem to misunderstand the whole concept, it always makes me chuckle a little inside. I don’t think that many in the western world understand the concept enough to really use a motivator. The golden rule concept has the same flavor and its more in line with our society, but not many people truly live it. I will always be impressed by Christians that really “walk the walk” and love everyone, not just who their congregation sees as righteous people of God.
Bea and I come from Colombia; even though we would love for people to know more about our country, its hard to gloss over its history of violence and corruption. The biggest motivator for a lot of the horrible things that have happened in our country have been motivated by money. From the Banana Massacre to Pablo Escobar, evil was definitely rooted directly in greed. I even question myself for posting about such horrible things, but I don’t want to gloss over the reality that a lot of atrocities have occurred in my homeland because of greed.
Most atheist that I have talked to don’t believe in the afterlife, so karma in the sense of a next life is automatically out the window. However, this does not make them amoral or unethical people. Most of the people that I know that don’t believe in a higher being are highly compassionate and overall good human beings. Their belief system is rooted in the today and many follow the golden rule.
Many believes do believe in the beyond and some even see this existence as punishment or a just the waiting room to heaven. Their actions or their faith will open up that door to either eternal damnation or paradise.
My questions is simple. When it comes to money being the motivator for an action that affects other human beings, (from killing someone, to simply stealing millions from the stock market) do you think anyone goes back to their belief system to weight karma or faith out? Do you think that money is the ultimate motivator and enough of it will just make you put what you believe aside? Or what if as some people see it you are an atheist and you believe in “nothing” does that make it easier for you to be motivated by money?