Actively Settling Karmic Debt – My Name Is Earl

This from Wiki:

My Name Is Earl is an American television sitcom created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and starred Jason Lee as Earl Hickey, the title character. The series also starred Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples.

Most episodes from the first season, then only a few from the rest, began with Earl presenting the premise of the series: “You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner: karma. That’s when I realized that I had to change. So, I made a list of everything bad I’ve ever done, and one by one I’m gonna make up for all my mistakes. I’m just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.”

When I first came across the programme above, it changed my whole orientation to life.

I began looking at the world to see if there were ways that I could actively pay off my karmic debt. It had already occurred to me that I was working in student pastoral care as a kind of karmic balancing for all the misery I emanated when I myself was depressed. So, by my service I balanced the books a little, in fact I went well into credit, so to speak.

Thinking about karmic re-balancing shifts one away from the “phew, I got away with that one mentality.” It is actively and willingly cooperating with life in the very best possible attitude.. And in the limit, it is only when there is no karmic dent that liberation can be achieved.

Most people take way more from life than they give. In their sense of entitlement, they build up a significant karmic debt which accrues interest. It never occurs to them that this is what they are doing, they tend to justify their actions and feel that they deserve the spoils of life.

I estimate that there are many more people out there whom I have helped than who have helped me. I have been of service to many, and that service has sometimes been so very subtle that they have not even noted it.


What do reckon is the notion of actively trying to settle your karmic get a sound one?