People who look at life as a balance of good and evil often turn out to be ruthless. One’s act of good is expected to be greeted with a reward while anything out of the line is in itself a warning for impending punishment. Many people believe in Karma. While believing in Karma is absolutely logical and can be veritably explained using the action-reaction law by Newton as the universe’s reaction to each of our actions the impact of which vary with the degree of goodness in our motives, there is still no justification for actions which are undertaken in order to force the universe to react positively, a negative action to coerce a positive reaction; A direct plea to the universe to restore the revered balance.
When people request those in adverse situations to remain calm they have a reason. The extent of mental stability goes a long way in deciding our future actions after the tragedy. How should a devout believer of the cosmic balance react when he/she is subject to a tremendously cruel tragedy? Must they wait for the balance to be restored, be naive? A wait that shall question the very foundations of their belief, they shall have to seek reassurance through fate. The otherwise self-assured and confident mind shall have to blindfold its beliefs and rely on blatant blind faith for peace. In such a delicate situation, a spark of the inevitable negativity can churn a hurricane in the minds of the disturbed. Why should they wait when they deserve to have a balance in their lives? Why should they suffer when they have committed no wrong? The very injustice of the thought is enough to give birth to a rebel. A rebel who believes in restoring the balance of good and evil simply because they deserve it, not realising the imbalance they might inflict on several other innocent lives. The law is taken into the hands and a ruthless search for salvation through the destruction of the one responsible is undertaken. The fire of revenge once ignited is hard to put down. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. There are many ways to look at it. One way is that it is a cold-hearted attempt at taking the control out of the hands of the universe and committing several sins in the long run in order to be able to deserve the injustice rather than having the courage to accept the exception that is life. It is an approach adopted by minds blinded by suffering. The sense of profound loss often acts as a negative stimulant.
Where the mind is stable, calm, a more warm-hearted approach would be to suffer and bear with resilience and learn from the experience in order to draw strength to carry on. The search for balance will still be a priority but, however arduous the journey might be, the eventual achievement of peace is assured.
One can, in fact, envy the blind believers of fate.