Be careful where you spread manure,
You never know which way you will be stepping next.
What, if anything, effects our destiny? Does our own behavior have anything to do with what we experience in the future? Do we just wander through life having no control over life? Is there some way we can determine our own destiny?
Let's check with the Experts of Old:
We will begin with this from Sikhism:
"As a man sows, so is his reward."
And the Qur'an of Islam states it like this:
"Whatever affliction may visit you is for what your own hands have earned."
Buddhism has not missed this subject. The Dhammapada says:
"An ignorant man committing evil deeds does not realize the consequences. The imprudent man is consumed by his deeds, like one burnt with fire."
Hinduism has this colorful view of karma:
"Unrighteousness, practiced in this world, does not at once produce its fruit, but like a cow, advancing slowly, it cuts off the roots of him who committed it."
And here's a interesting take on the subject in an African tradition:
"Ashes fly back in the face of him who throws them."
Judaism and Christianity share this one:
"For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind."
And we end as we began, with this from the Bible:
"Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap."
We've heard from Experts of Old. Now let's hear from our Old Experts.