Reap What You Sow in Silas Marner by George Eliot Essay
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The definition of fate is the development of events beyond a person’s control. It is regarded as something determined by a supernatural power, but I believe otherwise. In fact, I believe the exact opposite. I believe that people do in fact have the power to manipulate their fate; Based on the good or bad choices they’ve made in the past. The novel Silas Marner by George Eliot , helps to explain this. Through the actions of three major characters Dunstan Cass, Godfrey Cass, and Silas Marner. These characters were chosen because they all made good or bad choices throughout the novel with a clear punishment or reward; Or in other words these characters show how they control their fate based on previous actions or choices. To begin with,…show more content…
The definition of fate is the development of events beyond a person’s control. It is regarded as something determined by a supernatural power, but I believe otherwise. In fact, I believe the exact opposite. I believe that people do in fact have the power to manipulate their fate; Based on the good or bad choices they’ve made in the past. The novel Silas Marner by George Eliot , helps to explain this. Through the actions of three major characters Dunstan Cass, Godfrey Cass, and Silas Marner. These characters were chosen because they all made good or bad choices throughout the novel with a clear punishment or reward; Or in other words these characters show how they control their fate based on previous actions or choices. To begin with, Dunstan Cass made bad choices throughout the novel. For example, Dunstan decided to use the knowledge that he had about Godfrey as blackmail. As the Dunstan says, ‘“ I might tell the Squire how his handsome son was married to that nice young woman, Molly Farren, and was very unhappy because he couldn’t live with his drunken wife, and I should slip into your place as comfortable as could be”’(24). Dunstan had the choice to be a good and loving brother by using that knowledge to help his brother in the situation he’s in. As he would have a better understanding because of the knowledge he already has. Instead, he chooses to use that knowledge to control his brother. Dunstan also steals Silas’s money. Again, Dunstan had a choice. He could’ve
AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP
You shall harvest what you plant, spiritual or natural. If you sow the seeds of corruption, you shall reap the fruits of corruption. If you sow the spirit of love for all, you shall reap life everlasting.
If you roll a stone, to hurt someone, it will turn and roll back on you all and so if you dig a pit for someone, you will fall in it yourself. God is the great paymaster. We are his workmanship. We are the clay and he is the Potter, so do something for the God who made you and he, will not forget the things that you do but you shall receive your pay, good or bad.
The theory of Karma is spoken about in many of the sacred texts of all the religions in the world and it is implied in the golden rule ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. The implication is as you treat others, so you will be treated. What is difficult to grasp about Karma is when it is actually playing a role in your life. The survivor of abuse, who may not have ever hurt anyone in his/her life, may wonder what she/he did to deserve such treatment. Perhaps in a previous life, the same soul was the perpetrator of abuse. Then, the doctrine of Karma would be in force. On the other hand, perhaps the soul ‘accepted’ the abuse because it possesses the strength to survive, learn and stop the cycle of abuse. Another more obvious application of Karma might be a young adult who finds him/herself bound to a wheel chair from a hit by a driver. Why did it happen? Perhaps in previous life, this soul was a corrupt judge who imprisoned those who would not bow to his corrupt ways. This unjust imprisonment of others has resulted in the seemingly unjust imprisonment of their body in their current incarnation. Not every tragedy we live through is the result of some terrible wrongs we did in our past life. A child who dies of an illness at an early age, e.g., might simply have chosen to experience the birth and young adult stages of life before deciding what he wanted to do with his life as an adult in his next incarnation.
Karma is inescapable. Your actions do return to you. It may not be in this lifetime, but it certainly will return in some way. How you deal with the return of this Karmic energy determines whether or not you bring your soul further into balance or create more Karmic energy that must be dealt with at a later stage. If you seek to learn from the seeming injustices in your life, chances are that you will be balancing your Karmic books rather than increasing your Karmic debt.
It is helpful to look at Karma as a sort of credit card. Each time we do something in our lives motivated by love, we are paying off some of the Karmic debt we have built up over our many lifetimes. Each time we act in selfish interest, we are charging something else to our credit card. The goal is not to have a credit due to us because in doing so it would mean that someone, somewhere still owed some debt. The goal is to get our balance to zero. When we are able to pay off our Karmic credit and make no more charges on it, then we will have reached our goal and there will be no need to return to this physical world and we will once again be reunited with the Divine.
Karma is often thought about as being some debt we are repaying from a past life. But, Karma can be ‘paid’ in the same lifetime in which it is created. We can read in many sacred texts that what you sow is what you reap, what you give comes back to you three times over and as you do so it shall be done to you. All of these sayings speak of Karma. Even Jesus spoke of Karma when he said we should do unto others as we would have it done unto us since that is exactly what will happen.
“As you sow, so shall you reap” has-relevance in today’s competitive market place as well as in the timeless arena of human relationships. At every juncture, in all times, this theory of Karma is well respected and well observed. Someone has very aptly said, “Do good, find good”.
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