Tina K. Russell

October 6, 2008

The influence of Big Karma

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 4:15 pm

Simpson Guilty in Robbery Trial – NYTimes.com

I want to reflect on something for a bit. Two very recent stories have filled us all with shaudenfreude and satisfaction: Jack Thompson, the anti-videogame attourney with a history of bullying and harrassment, has been disbarred, and O.J. Simpson may yet be put away for life.

It’s important to remember, that this is exactly why you cannot get too caught up in hating someone (and I’ll admit to sadistic glee upon reading each of these stories): in the end, they always do themselves in. Even in the counterexamples, when jerks die rich and prosperous, you know they cannot be happy. When (New York hotel baron) Leona Helmsley died, leaving not a dime for her children but a six-million-dollar bequest to her dog, you know she could not have died a happy woman.

It’s not so much that people “get what’s coming to them”… bad things happen to good people all the time. But the things that you hate someone for tend to be the qualities that limit them later in life, so you should never let those qualities limit you. So take a deep breath and remember that people who are jerks tend to hurt inside, too… sometimes, more than anyone else. And if someone is arrogant, believing that nothing can touch them because of all the things they’ve gotten away with, that tends to bite them in the ass very hard in the end.

It’s not even that “living well is the best revenge,” though that is true… it’s that mean people tend to be their own worst enemies, so you can relax and focus on your own life rather than vengeance. The kind of person you’d have to be to be so mean… it doesn’t sound like a happy experience. It sounds like its own prison.

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