I’ve invented the perfect religion
My cover is now blown, but who cares? I’ll be rich.
Thorny problems with karma #6: free will
If karma decides how we should act toward other people based on their karmic debt, how can our actions really be free?
Thorny problems with karma #5: the sustainability paradox
Even assuming karma can get started in the first place, how does it keep going while still letting off enough steam to allow everyone to eventually escape?
Thorny problems with karma #4: the bootstrap paradox
How did the whole system of karma get started in the first place, without violating its own rules, or requiring an infinite number of people or infinite amount of time?
Thorny problems with karma #3: charity is selfish and inconsiderate
Why should we take karmic worldviews seriously when they encourage cruelty and indifference over charity and mercy, and have produced the most backward, poverty-stricken cultures in the world?
Thorny problems with karma #2: who sets the rules?
If karma is basically a system for balancing your morally bad choices, who exactly is it that makes the moral rules you must follow?
Thorny problems with karma #1: what makes it tick?
Is karma a process which must be intelligently guided? If so, who does the guiding?