Revenge V Karma

If I was to pen a graphic novel (yeah right, as if that’s going to happen) it would go something like this:

2 main characters: Revenge – a raven haired, leather clad beauty and her BFF, Karma – a blonde, starry eyed, curvy, hippyish vegetarian who on one hand is cute as a button, but on the other – let’s just say – not wise to be fucking with her *got it*

Anyway, Karma and Revenge, they’re pals, but they’re very different.  Our girl, Revenge – she gets all up in the action, you diss her, she disses you back – you can see it coming and it’s going to be messy – blood and guts for miles.  But Karma, well you do wrong by her, or anyone for that matter, she’ll find you. And you won’t see her, you won’t hear her and you may not even realise it but then *POW* you’ve been stung.  And so their adventures go….

That sounds like a good read to me.  Something oddly satisfying about those 2 hunting down all those poor deserved individuals, don’t you agree?

This has all been brought on by my recent pondering on the difference between Karma and Revenge.  Revenge is famous – it’s been long-time immortalized by the likes of the Bride in Kill Bill and in the shared quote from  Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderios de LaClos (or just Piet to his friends. I’m sure) author of Les Liasons Dangereuses “La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid” (Revenge is a dish best served cold).  Of course we all know people who Have it Comin’ *cue Cell Block Tango* http://bit.ly/UdSDD and there’s something initially therapeutic in visible, tangible inflicted payback.

But, for me at least, revenge is not healthy option.  It hurts like hell, festers and, if you don’t watch it becomes toxic and can harden your heart.  And if you also believe in Karma (and I’ve seen it in action too many times to know it’s fair dinkum), the problem with revenge is that the whole “victim perpetrator” cycle kicks in, where the one who is hurt eventually becomes the inflictor, and so it goes.  Nasty stuff.

Opting for the seemingly milder version of karma, maybe still is wishing ill to someone (perhaps still not the best), however at least karma offers a more palatable compromise, flavoured with a sense of trust that good will prevail, that harmony will be restored and all will be right again and you don’t even have to lift a finger.  You can let it go, leave it be and get on with things again.  And that feels a whole lot healthier to me.

Best leave it to karma I say (blogger’s note:  Karma is oddly the name of our accountant – it’s more than a little disconcerting)

Ending this blog with one of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite movies “The Princess Bride” which is the most beautifully rich version of payback I know and, in my darkest, most revengeful moments, this is my happy place  http://bit.ly/RTl37 (skip the ad, comes in at 0.12)

I’d love to hear your thoughts, insights and any quotes, movie/music/other bytes about Karma and Revenge.

Meg


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4 responses

  1. Hey Megs,
    Great post. Love the ‘do nothing’ philosphy which in Tai Chi terms translates as Wu Wei. Its also expressed in my fave Franz Kafka quote :
    “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
    — Franz Kafka
    And also by the guru of the ancients Michael Buble “Keep on loving what is true and the world will come to you, you can find it in yourself.”
    m :o) xx

  2. They say revenge does nothing but poison the self…. Still it’s great fun to daydream about the exacting of it don’t you think? X

    • Totally! Unless you’re a Buddhist Monk or the like (and all power to you if this is your bag) sometimes you just have to go there. Daydreaming is more than justified and in all likelihood a very healthy option.

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