One thing that I was doing at the weekend that I have failed to mention is the discussion I had regarding the concept of Karma. The Hildy, in all her beauty, intellect and wisdom, really likes the idea of karma whereas I preferred to think about it as more of that nonsense superstition that people put too much faith in.
As our discussion and various clarifications came about we discovered that we had different ideas of what karma actually meant. I had always thought of karma from the western ideology that when a good or bad deed is performed it is returned to you in a different form. i.e. You buy a street sleeper a cup of tea and a sandwich and your library fines get waived. I’d always looked upon this as being exceptionally mercenary and selfish. A person should not perform good or helpful deeds in order to be rewarded or even in expectation of being rewarded. Altruism should be it’s own reward. This is much the same issue I have with the idea of heaven but we’re talking about karma here and nothing else.
The Hildy prefers the eastern idea of karma understood to denoting the entire cycle of cause and effect whereby a good (or bad) deed is not necessarily returned to the person who performed it but is added to a cumulative total that is somehow then returned to everyone in some way. Now this actually makes sense to me. It’s like the idea of performing a random act of kindness that then begets kindness from others simply because they have been on the receiving end of it. i.e. you pay for someone’s parking and this puts them in a good so they buy cakes for their work colleagues. They in turn do something nice for someone else, etc, etc. You may never be rewarded for your initial kindness but the whole world benefits in some small way. This, to me, is not something mystical and involves no superstition at all. It is simply human psychology at work.
Within that in mind I’m going to try to do something kind (beyond not hitting people who annoy me), I’m not sure that so I need your help to suggest something. What random acts of kindness have you performed or suggest that I perform?