If you’re a Buddhist, the idea that Karma = Santa Claus might seem like a pretty false analogy. And yet Scientific American (!) blogger John Horgan writes that,
Buddhism, at least in its traditional forms, is functionally theistic, even if it doesn’t invoke a supreme deity. The doctrines of karma and reincarnation imply the existence of some sort of cosmic moral judge who, like Santa Claus, tallies up our naughtiness and niceness before rewarding us with nirvana or rebirth as a cockroach.
I did not know that. Huh. Huzzah, Science!
Horgan writes lots of other things, too. I wonder what you’ll think of them.