A theme that has come out in the discussion on the item Compassion for the American Christian Right has been the question: "Is Life Fair?". This seems worth lifting to the status of a full post. In Christianity, there is
the idea of divine judgement. In Buddhism, there is karma. These concepts imply that there is justice even when there does not seem to be. The impetus behind much religion, historically, has often been a craving for justice. At the same time, these ideas imply that in the last analysis justice is not a thing that humans need to be too concerned about - it is built into the universe. We could say that both these great religions tell us that we do not need to be concerned about justice, we need to be concerned about compassion. "Justice is mine," saith the Lord. "Karma is inexorable," saith the Sage. What do you think?