02 June, 2008

Sharon Stone's Bad Karma

Sharon Stone claims the earthquake in China is the result of bad karma for its treatment of Tibetans. Is her definition - "when you are not nice, bad things happen to you"

- correct?





Sharon Stone, a convert to Buddhism, has claimed - to much criticism - that the earthquake that killed at least 68,000 people in China was bad karma for Beijing policy in Tibet. "I thought, is that karma - when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?" she mused at the Cannes Film Festival.

Karma is an important concept for Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs. Translated from the Sanskrit, it means simply "action". Because karma is used in a number of ways and contexts - even among different branches of Buddhism - this can be confusing.

But the law of karma states that it's the motive behind one's actions that affects the outcome of that particular act.

"So an intentionally ethical action - for example to promote kindness, generosity, contentment - is more likely to have positive, beneficial consequences. An intentionally unethical one - to promote self-aggrandisement or greed - will be more likely to have unhelpful, even harmful consequences. Unhelpful, that is, for the positive well-being of either the doer or the recipient or both."

In a complex world, it's too simplistic to expect that a positive intention will always have a positive outcome as many factors are involved.

Stone obviously has formed an understanding of the divine mechanics of the universe. Like many these days, she's using karma as a term to justify an understanding that everything happens for a reason.

That's totally cool when what's happening is you're hot and you've got a Dior campaign, but it's not cool when you're saying a natural disaster that is reaching a death toll of more than 68,000 was deserved.


Just another example of how belief in the devine can lead to justifying death and violence. Once you believe in devine justice, based on your own definition of justice of course, you can justify death, suffering, and other tragedies as something good, something Godly, something to be glad happened.

Socrates said: "I am the wisest man in Athens not because I know anything but because I know that I know nothing.", Sharon, you hear it?

And, according to the Beijing Times , Ng See-Yuen, founder of the UME Cineplex chain said that from now on, no film featuring Sharon Stone would be shown in any UME cinema in Hong Kong or the mainland.

The Beijing Times also reported that the Chinese public relations company for cosmetic and couture giant Christian Dior, which uses Sharon Stone extensively in its advertisements, had distanced itself from her remarks.

Karma ?

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