Karma Cleanser - March 30 2005

Dear Karma Cleanser:
?I work for a very large corporation that not long ago was one of the top companies in its field. They treated their employees great and paid them well. For the past few years (under new management), the company has completely changed its culture. None of us have had a raise in over three years, they took our profit-sharing bonuses away, and there aren’t many of us left to do the job due to mass layoffs. Management constantly lies about the future of the company and seems to have no regard for the people who are its backbone.

Since the demise of ethics within the ranks, myself have decided that as retribution for the loss of wages, that we would “long-term borrow” certain items from the office that would not be missed. Items such as office supplies, equipment and furniture have been usurped.

Anyway, I’m wondering if I’m building bad karma for myself, or if it really is karmic retribution for the company’s lack of concern for their own karma.

- Karma Klepto

Disgruntled wage slaves too often try to use karma as a tool for rationalizing bad behavior. The “eye for an eye, pencil sharpener for a pension plan” defense may make you feel better in the short term, but it’s not going to help you find a comfier cube when this obviously flawed company finally goes under.

Dear Karma Cleanser:
?You should let your readers know that the Year of the Rooster has?arrived. The “cockiest” will be the ones who stick their necks out the?farthest, which will fall directly underneath the many axes that are?everywhere. The ones who are the most challenging will die challenged,?and the most critical will be severely critiqued.

From March 20 to April 20 when the bullies will raise a proud breast?to be brutes, they’ll get their karmic return. It will be mostly about?monies owed. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will be the downfall of many of?hundreds upon thousands.

As the month of grudges will follow, all who have shown their evil?parasitic sides will realize that they got it 10 times worse than they?delivered. Why? Because for a long as they are privileged to awake,?it’s only to remind them of how they are rotting inside to the death.?Good luck.??
— Rooster booster??
The Karma Cleanser receives many entertaining, sometimes enlightening, letters each week. The freaky ones — like yours — normally never see newsprint. We opted to make an exception this week, not because your letter is particularly insightful, but because we couldn’t stop laughing at how weird it is. Sorry about that. In honor of the Year of the Rooster, we hereby dub thee the official Cock Tease.

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