As an atheist who doesn’t believe in things that cannot be proved you might find it interesting to find that I believe in karma.
Karma is something that can affect us from day-to-day. If we go about our day being polite, courteous and civil to everyone we meet, others will follow suit. If we do nice things for people (acts of random kindness) those people will be more inclined to do the same for other people. It’s not an exact science but it makes sense.
I’ve recently had crap things happening to me including people making up stuff about me, harassing me and people involving themselves in my life even though I don’t know who they are. It’s been difficult and stressful and has left me feeling pessimistic. I’ve found myself snapping at people and things because at the moment life is feeling very unbalanced. Other people have acted badly towards me and it’ s left me acting badly too. Basically, this “bad energy” inflicted on me, I am now inflicting on others too. I need to change that behaviour. To quote the Dhammapada:
“He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me” Those who think not such thoughts will be free from hate. For hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.
This isn’t easy but if we’re able to stop this kind of behaviour affecting our outlooks it loses all its power!