I dont believe in god.  At least not any gods that humans proselytize.   Im not going to get into it here just yet, but in saying that, Ill add that logically, it would be immature for me to believe in things similar to divine influence like karma and luck.

If there was something self aware that created and watches over us, judging us, there is no logical reasoning for it to favor whites over blacks, humans over animals, Israelis over Palestinians, west over east, etc etc.  So with that logic, I find myself debating whether or not I can believe in luck or karma either.  So Im gonna duke it out here and see where I end up.


Karma: The idea that good actions now will reward your future with equal goodness, and bad actions will bring equal negativity to your future.  Now to believe this is to believe that a self aware entity has control over what happens in our lives, and their awareness is used to judge whether our lives will be handed goodness or misfortune in the days to come.   And I just cant bring myself to believe that something as delicate as life is being controlled and judged by how we choose for example, to earn, spend, give or take our artificial paper value.




The intriguing part of it tho, is the balance.  Balance is ubiquitous throughout insights of of the universe, good and evil, yin yang, light dark, it represents harmony and fairness and equality all around.  Its enlightening to think that a force which is not self aware, but rather a magnet, or a proton, is governing the balance of nature, and I dont mean rewarding people for giving fake money to fake charities, I mean in a sense that one millennium will be a beautiful time to be alive, and another, life on earth would be uninhabitable.  Or simply prevailing in the efforts that you put into something to get back from it.


It would be soothing to rest assured on a belief system like this if it werent for the first few questions that come to mind;  Why would this system favor certain people over other people?  How is a person blind and deaf to be rewarded in his future?  Ok we can think of many answers to that, but what about children?  Children who starve and suffer and die young.  What about innocent people killed in wars and police brutality, or falsely imprisoned?  They will either A) need to have any pending rewards issued to them after death, B) have committed some horrible acts in their lifetime leaving them deserving of this fate, or C) they just get the short end of the stick.


I dont think starving children around the globe commit such awful crimes to have their starvation justified.  I also dont think that there is an afterlife or a heaven so I cant side with a) either.  And c), if they got the short end of the stick then I would suggest that karma, if a thing at all, is not an instrument to govern the choices of man, instead perhaps to govern only the well being of the universe in which these men make their choices.  3000 years of men abusing the things nature provides to manipulate and use for personal gain and for harm on others, may lead to 3000 years of nature failing to provide these things, period.   Maybe 3000 years of cooperation and pooled efforts will result in technologies affording humans to live 10 times longer to enjoy and put further good cause to the things nature does provide.


And then theres luck.  Why does luck also play favorites?  Is there a balance in luck as well? Would our actions play any role in the luck, or lack there of that finds us in our time of need?  Is necessity itself a contributing factor?




5 years ago, if I was having bad luck at cards on certain days, I would stop playing poker and address the neglected tidiness of my home.  On many occasions it seemed to work, but on some it didnt help 2 bits.  I whittled a good luck charm once, pocket kings on a pedestal. If I was losing at poker, sometimes I would kiss it or place it somewhere different.  Again, sometimes it worked, and sometimes not.  You can try harder with your mind to believe in a charm when it is failing.  If you succeed it validates your faith in it, but when it fails, youre left questioning what you think you know about superstitions.   The same could be said about prayer and religion.  Maybe some prayers are answered, but then when you really need results, god is nowhere to be found.   Theres only one conclusion I can draw from all this after failing and succeeding so many times.  The answer to all this, is probability. 


Everything is a science, and everything else is a fiction.  I am logics number 1 fan, and my years of struggling with beliefs and superstitions, hopes and curiosities, Ive overlooked my awareness of probability the entire time.  Learning about it in poker for over a decade, and I never made the connection to luck and karma and god.   It roots back to balance also.   A teeter totter.   Things will sway up, and then back down in a period of time, averaging in the middle.  minus ten, plus ten, averaging at zero.  Right?


A set of dice will be used in my example.  Roll a dice 10 times.  Logically, half of the rolls should be 1, 2, and 3.  The other 5 rolls should result in 4s, 5s, and sixes.  This may not occur in said rolls, but it is most probable.  There is nothing to indicate that lower numbers will be rolled more often, or vice versa.   Nor is there indication that any specific number will be rolled 10 times.  The probable outcome is based on the average.


In a poker sense, if someone is having bad luck, they could say that they are losing when the probability to win was high.  And maybe youre having good luck when you shouldve lost but you caught that deuce on the river and won a huge pot.  Basically it is the defiance of probability.   Im beginning to see thats all that luck is.  Lets say I kissed my good luck charm 200 times.  Anyone who thinks it would work 200 times is delusional.  But obviously it had to work sometimes.  Thats the law of averages.  And as probability asserts, the most natural outcome is that it will have succeeded 100 times and failed 100 times.   To succeed 150 times and to fail 50 times, is improbable.   But maybe thats how it went, and maybe that is why I still kiss it sometimes, and chances are, that would have influenced my confidence in the little lucky charm.


200 is an arbitrary number.  if I kissed it 1000 times, then there wouldnt be such alarm in biased results like 150 times good, and 50 times bad.  In that case there is still 800 results to be had, and closer to the 1000th outcome, the gap would likely be closer than 75% good and 25% bad. 


So then I turn my pen to prayer.   If you pray 200 times, chances are 100 of them will be answered in your favor, provided youre not praying for improbable things!  Someone who prays 38000 times in their life are pretty likely to have a great number of prayers answered.  There are obviously variables in things that are prayed for.  Praying for someone to beat cancer is not likely to yield good results, but there are cancer survivors who have been prayed for, so there are some results. To beat those odds were improbable, but possible.  To pray for a safe trip on the other hand will often result in a safe trip, but sometimes it wont.  

Thats like cards, If I have AA and Im all in vs 33, if I prayed or sought luck to win, its very likely that I will, yet sometimes I will not.   Its all probability.  And when probability fails you, it can be called bad luck.  And everywhere in life is the teeter totter dishing out plus 10 on one side and then taking ten on the other. 


Karma is this see saw.  It will balance everything at zero while teetering and tottering.  The bad are expected to teeter bad and then totter bad.  The good, the opposite.  But I assure you, there are those who teeter good and totter bad, and those that teeter bad and totter good. 

As we described with my luck charm, a person could do 100 good deeds, and have only 50 good deeds returned where 100 would be expected.  A person could do 200 bad deeds and have only 25 bad deeds come back to haunt them.  Because maybe the number is 1000, or maybe the universal number is a billion, and only then would the positives and negatives reach an equal number.   The way to find the truth in this equation is to have 8 billion people attempt results of any sort, for as long as it takes until all 8 billion people have 50% negative results and 50% positive results simultaneously. 


There are people who do good things their entire life and have nothing but bad things happen to them.  Perhaps they had to reach a billion for it to equal out.  And that  is just the probability of the number of people doing the deeds.  8 billion people doing deeds both bad and good, in probability 4 billion people would have bad things happen to them, and the other 4 billion would have good.  Bad and good is subject to interpretation here too.  Its all probability, and these are ways humans have devised to interpret it.  One man prayed for something improbable, and got it.  He is a believer.   Another man prayed 50 times for something simple, and never got it.  He now questions everything. 

Does this make any sense yet?  The odds arent very good to find 100 dollars on the ground, but sometimes rich people find that, and sometimes poor people find that.  Sometimes poor people are the ones to lose that bill, and sometimes its the rich.  More rich people have 100 dollar bills so its more probable for them to lose that.  etc etc I could go on and on.


Until a number is found where all things good and bad reach a common denominator between all involved parties, every endeavor will have only chaotic patterns of results.  KK may against all odds beat AA 9 times out of ten, but will likely lose the majority of 1000 match-ups.  Prayers may feign similar results in cancer situations.  Again the amount of people with cancer and the amount of people playing cards is also extremely relevant in the big picture.  

Until quantitative harmony is reached, there is only chaos.  There are other factors worth discussing like numerology where the number 5 is queen, which represents chaos, or unpredictability, something utterly present in most of my logic in its quest for balance, and quantum mechanics which also promotes chaos.  That is a debate for another day.


So now I must state that karma is just an interpretation of people who have experienced outcomes nearly equal to the effort they put out for any certain thing.  And those who have not experienced such equality in these transactions are not likely siding with karmic beliefs, explaining why so many people believe in it, and so many do not.  And luck, is just the defiance of probability beyond its equilibrium.

Happy new year!