Understanding That Karma Doesn’t Work The Way You Want

Jorge Zimmerman is a repulsive, shameless, arrogant sociopath who can’t stay away from the spotlight, despite claims of fearing for his life and safety.

He continues to come back like a project roach. Zimmerman only exists on this planet as proof that he’s a soulless coward. To attempt to profit from a life he took is beyond reprehensible. But he also serves as a reminder that no matter how much bad a person does, sometimes karma plays us an unexpected hand.

Zimmerman has been found guilty of several crimes since 2012; violent offenses which involved physical abuse and use of a firearm. He has taunted the parents of Trayvon Martin on social media with no provocation. And most recently, he’s back in the news for trying to sell the very weapon that he’s claiming fame for using. (I hate even using he word “fame” to describe it). This assclown has apparently gone so far as to get the Smithsonian to purchase the weapon. They wasted no time releasing a statement saying “nah, bruh”

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Zimmerman is not an innocent man who was just trying to protect himself. He’s no longer allowed to hold on to a position of victimhood.

An appearance in the news these days, be it for unlawful behavior or antagonizing the public with stunts, means that Zimmerman has relinquished the right to claim he’s a victim. Him selling the gun is because he needs money. His reasoning for wanting to sell the gun doesn’t sound genuine. After four years, he still feels justified for his actions that night. He hasn’t found a single ounce of sympathy for the life he snatched.

And why should he? He’ll never face legal punishment for it. In Zimmerman’s mind, he got away with murder in every sense of the word.

The constant re-surfacing of Jorge Zimmerman does have an intriguing lesson though. The way we define karma is warped and, most often, wrong.

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We think of karma — seeing a person get their comeuppance — as something that must take place on our watch. There are tons of memes reflecting that sentiment. Karma is supposed to restore balance. Karma is how people deal with their hurt. We experience something bad at the hands of another and we believe that he/she will get what they deserve. They’ll know the hurt they caused us; hopefully exponentially worst.

In the comment sections on any Zimmerman-related story now, people are wishing all types of death and torture on him. I can’t say that I disagree with them. To this very day, I’m shocked nobody did the family of Martin a favor by ending this guy’s life. I’ve wondered if there were vigilantes (oh, the irony) with nothing to lose. The Christian in me had to meet with the realist.

Karma rarely happens the way we wish. Just because someone isn’t suffering the way you think they should doesn’t mean they aren’t paying a cost.

It was an article about Jorge Zimmerman over on Very Smart Brothas that made me feel like I wasn’t weird for no longer wishing harm on him. In the comment section, a reader mentioned how God takes care of who deserves what. It’s not on us to worry about karma.

One thing I value as I get older is peace. I value being able to wake up every day and know that I have jobs that make me happy. I have family that cares about me. I have friends who support me unconditionally. I take pride in the fact that I’ve been spared from getting what I deserved based on the bad things that I’ve done.

As a Christian, I believe in God’s grace. “Lord have mercy” aren’t just words. It’s perhaps the most important phrase anyone , saint or sinner,  can pray. No matter what you’ve done or who you’ve hurt, forgiveness for your wrongs is between you and God. At that point, karma is no longer a dark cloud hanging over you. It doesn’t mean that you got away with something. It means that you’ve been given a second chance to do better.

Zimmerman doesn’t want a second chance. He doesn’t care about karma. I’m not sure he cares much about anything. He’ll never find peace and that’s enough consolation for me.

Zimmerman’s karma lies in the fact that for the rest of his life, he has no identity of his own. We remember Jorge Zimmerman because of the young life he took, not the life he’s lived. It’s not the justice he deserves but maybe it’s the justice that we can all eventually find acceptance in. The Martin family has.

Has your opinions of karma changed as you’ve gotten older? Does your relationship with religion affect your definition of karma and justice?

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