Fait accompli – A situation already preordained, leaving disconcerted victims to ‘Like it or lump it’ – Incidents relating to several scenarios, including a loved ones poor health, a job loss or a relationship split. Ordinarily a poorly received life event that by it’s very nature is often irreversible.

Lack of control over these events exacerbating the frustration, helplessness and angst of those impacted. The horse already bolted and the stable door already in the process of being sold.

Clearly, though, not all poor fortune is a consequence of a fait accompli. Some savants attribute bad luck as retribution from that most capricious of mistresses karma. For example, they may conclude that my eight years living with a wife afflicted with incurable cancer and numerous other challenges is a consequence of stealing three segments of my brother’s chocolate orange during Christmas 1977. They may even level unsympathetic accusations that I’m reaping what I’ve sown by my petulant rantings during my hormone fuelled late teens.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the ‘you reap what you sow’ brigade, who from experience are vitriolic individuals who act as both self-appointed judge and jury. Ladies and gents that very often, hypocritically, have a far worse rap sheet than those who they feel fit to adjudge.

What, though, if karma gets it wrong? A miscarriage of justice like, say, in the case of the Birmingham Six who spent around 15 years in jail for a crime later deemed unsafe.

Is it possible for the ‘righter of wrongs’ to hand down a sentence of existential misery that far outweighs the person’s crime? Like the six victims of that miscarriage, can those wrongly punished by karma gain recompense for their injustice?

We’ve all done stuff we know is wrong, but is our punishment for these misdemeanours always equitable to the wrong undertaken. And more importantly if it’s not, what can we do about it?…… Can we refer it to the European Court of Human Rights? Although unlikely, in the event we can, we’ve only a small window to appeal before Brexit takes force.

One adage that I find annoying during the enduring life challenges is “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” A saying of folklore that, despite ordinarily being utilised in a well-meaning spirit, is on occasion leveled at someone whose mind is so addled by their circumstances they’d prefer the former.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this narrative, other than relay observations that if karma exists it seems to me they need to revisit their sentencing strategy. From what I’ve seen during my wife’s cancer fight, it’s people with the biggest hearts who appear to be predominantly lumbered with the most challenging life events.

My observation isn’t underpinned by any science, and is only taken from a small sample of individuals. However, it’s a perception I carry daily which organically grows in parallel to my cynicism, anger and frustration at various family circumstances.

This morning, worried about my dark mood, mater opined I seemed to be in a bad place at the moment. I disagreed, telling her I quite like the warm and welcoming ambience of her dining room.

What punishment fits my existential crimes? Without the sentencing criteria used, you’ll need to engage karma on that one I’m afraid.

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