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POETRY IN ONCOLOGY
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74

COVID, stigma and karma


Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission14-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance14-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication26-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Mansi Haresh Khanderia
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, Narayana Health City, Bommasandra, Bangalore 560 099, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_289_20

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How to cite this article:
Khanderia MH. COVID, stigma and karma. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:74

How to cite this URL:
Khanderia MH. COVID, stigma and karma. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 23];4:74. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2021/4/1/74/312076



If you have been screaming at others about how karma will get back,

you are either young, inexperienced, senile, forgetful, or plain lucky.

Because if you are not one of the above,

you will eventually realize that life is unfair.

If you are sensitive and aware,

you'll acknowledge that people do suffer for no fault of theirs.

As you would have also seen looters, murderers, or corrupt politicians

thrive and live long healthy lives.

The length or even the quality of one's life

is not a testament of good karma.

We also need to understand that being a bookkeeper of others' karma,

does not add up to one's own good karma.

Stigmatizing any illness or tragedy and attributing it to poor karma or stupidity,

only shows one's insensitivity and loss of connect from one's humanness.

What can happen to others, can happen to you and me too.

The basic fundament of karma is to just continue doing good deeds

without any conditions, because

good deeds are not to be done with any expectations;

they are to be done because doing good is what feels right.

Yes, we are angry about ignorant people

without masks, getting infected;

but the bigger worry is, them

infecting the innocent and the vulnerable.

Let's try our best to guide, protect, warn, and save.

Let's be Guardians, Warriors, maybe even Angels.

But let's not be GODS.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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