An ancient interpretation of karma is simply what a human does; it is a bland, bulletpoint record of a human's life.

Noticing a lack of judgement and condemnation in these lists, modern humans misinterpret karma to be a lifelong record of every good and bad thing done by each human. Every act is analysed and categorised as good, bad or neutral.

At the end of a human's life, its good, bad and neutral acts are tallied and the human is judged to be good, bad or neutral. Here are some real life examples.

A reasonable human expects that when they die their judgement will be heard, lessons will be learned, and that will be that. But the existence of the eternal soul, which temporarily occupies each human body, means that karma persists. When the soul moves on, the closing karmic balance of the old body becomes the opening balance of the new body. A human born with good karma is rewarded with advantages that make life easier.

A human born with bad karma receives disadvantages.

For a human with a large karmic debt, the poorest parents and lowest metabolism are not enough punishment. In these extreme cases the karmic debtor is disadvantaged by being reborn as a lesser being, such as an animal or insect.

Take Frank, for example. His boring presentations caused him to be reborn as a cat. As a cat, he continued to drink fairtrade coffee knowing full well it is an empty marketing catchcry. So he was reborn a goldfish that never made time to pursue its dream of playing slap bass. As final punishment, he was reborn as a cockroach.

Frank, seen here propagating the capitalist hegemony.

Frank, seen here propagating the capitalist hegemony.