Karma, where to start, hmm, it’s complicated, perhaps I should leave it there, oh well, here goes.
You can if you wish to regard it as a scorecard of good and bad that depends upon the past, present and future each one dependent upon the other.
Then you have to factor in the variables of intention and volition.
These variables are influenced by the past, guiding the present and influencing the future. You can of course change the present hence the future.
You don’t have to necessarily have to believe in reincarnation (I’ll go into that another time) the Abrahamic [and others] religions treat it as a more one life instant reward or punishment deal. Buddhism deals with in a multiple innings sort of way i.e. path.
Karma basically depends on your intent [good or bad] and the will/power you have in carrying it out.
This brings into the equation how apparently good intents lead to terrible results and visa versa.
You have to consider the past to know if in fact the intent was good or if in fact the actual results were intentional or not.
I ‘ll turn to the Dalai Lama for assistance
Karma means action and action motivated by compassion is good. To complain that what happens to you is just the result of your karma is lazy. Instead, confidently recalling the advice that, “You are your own master,” you can change what happens by taking action.
To show compassion you must have empathy, once you embrace these, your own Karma will take care of itself.
Karma is inevitable, but we can influence it by our own actions.
We are responsible for our own actions, hence our own Karma.
Ah. I think.
Just a thought