Ok, I like to mix things up a bit every once in a while and this time I chose calligraphy as my next challenge.
I had a fountain pen when I was younger but this time I got the Pilot Parallel Pen. THE pen of all pens! If I can’t slap some nice letters together with this pen then I should just give up and leave the world of calligraphy to those more competent.
Anyway, it came with two-what looked like good sized-re-fills. I thought they were going to last me for days. Four hours of practice later, I ran out of ink and have to get the re-fill. How is that possible? I realize the 2.4 mm nib had something to do with it but sweet Pen-O-Mighty, I could not believe how quickly the ink was gone.
This is the result of my practice:
Did anyone else have the same experience?
The gist of karma is people acting good and getting good karma, while the slimy bastards who do bad things get worse things thrown in their face. Something like that, right?
It’s a concept. Fine. But what I am bothered about are karma perverts. I call them perverts because they distort the original concept of karma.
Karma perverts only do good things because they want good karma. Doesn’t that essentially make you a bad person? Isn’t it manipulative to do good things only to benefit from them?
Needless to say, I had a long debate with my friend who often likes to quote the “well, karma will get him” or “oh, I don’t want bad karma so I do good things.” She was quite offended I implied she is a bad person for only doing good things to benefit a more frugal outcome in the future.
Additionally, karma is seen as tool for revenge. People want to have this idea that there is a force out there who will punish all the bad people and make them suffer more.
My point, in the end, is that you shouldn’t do good because you want good karma. You should do good out of the pureness of your heart. Because you believe in it, because you mean it and you do not expect anything in return.
In 2015 (and all the other years prior), my goal is to stay a “good person”- not because I was worried about the consequences of karma, but because I generally believe you should do good and try to make this world better.