BigBallinStalin wrote:ghostly447 wrote:With the whole debate on if you could give the man his winnings, etc, I am surprised that I did not once come across the word "Karma". Im new to the forums so I dont know if the posters in here just dont believe in such a thing, or what, but personally I do. So with that said, a large sum would be difficult to resist, but I believe that the right thing is always the answer. Honestly, maybe believing there is Karma is my mistake because not too much good has come out of me working tirelessly to help friends with their high school anxiety, etc, where they feel like they just arent worth it, etc and I end up talking to them. Back on track. Though it would be difficult to resist, I just feel I would be a hypocrite to take it because I only go by a couple rules. Respect, and Anti-Hypocracy. So to go against either (must less, by taking the money, both) would, in my opinion, break the only 2 real moral codes I live by, and that is not something I look to do.
On a related note, the life styles class at my school has quite a few friendly people that I occasionally talk to when I see them in the halls, and I had the (I say funny because it put the biggest smile on my face) opportunity to actually give one of them a high five as I passed them on a walkway. I dont see them as any different, just slightly less intellectual which does not effect their emotion (besides giving them a nice smile all the time). And I dont mean "Them" as in, lets classify them! I mean it as in the mentally challenged I have met in the past.
The rule of Hypos is a dangerous thing.
I don't believe in karma because it's a concept which is fueled by your own selective perception, or rather confirmation bias. Nevertheless, karma acts as a self-regulating enforcer which probably induces good moral behavior for the user on average. If that's the case, then karma is fine with me.
Thats my exact thoughts on Karma. I dont believe there is any outside force keeping everything balanced, but that the belief that every action you make will in some way affect you at some point.
If you yell at someone for cutting in front of you, your blood pressure goes up, you shorten your life, or you become distracted, you get into an accident, or long term, just get more used to angry outbursts, and lose jobs, relationships and end up in the gutter.
If you let it go, and waved them in, your blood pressure stabilized, you were more focused on driving, you avoided an accident, you were less likely to have an outburst with your wife, and your boss, so your life is better, because of every little choice like that you made.
On the other hand, you could have let them in and got rear ended by a semi, so who really knows.