Remember the great Bernardo Bertolucci's 1993 flick Little Buddha? It was way strange, like stranger even that the third reel of The Sheltering Sky and of course featured Keanu Reeves as Siddhartha well before he ascended to crypto-Jesus übermensch status in The Matrix. All of which is merely background for our mention of the Hindu/Buddhist concept of karma, which cropped up among the Jalopnik commenter today, and in fact distinguished COTD. Read on, to see how the wheel turns.
What the heck does karma really mean, anyway? Well, it's tricky—it has to do with actions in life shaping one's destiny, although because Eastern theology doesn't necessarily conceptualize existence as linear... OK, I'll shut up. But serious, karma is a difficult thing to grasp. It's as a Supreme Court justice once characterized porn: You know it when you see.