“Karma is a bitch” is a phrase that I believe most of us have heard if not used at one point or another of our lives. A phrase which tends to be over-used and miss-used, personifying the concept of Karma as the proverbial actor that doles out retribution or punishment. A divine force that directly causes suffering.

The phrase, according to the Yale Dictionary of Modern Proverbs (2012), was first used in 1995, and is believed to have come from a parallel idiom “Payback is a bitch” which was cited to have first occurred in 1970, and which generally refers to bad occurrences. When someone says “payback is a bitch” they mean something bad has happened as a result of something else which was done and probably was bad too.

The word “Bitch” is one of the most common curse words in the English language. Literally, a bitch is a female dog. Its original use as an insult was based on a comparison of a woman to a dog in heat. In modern usage, the slang term “bitch” has different meanings depending largely on social context and may vary from very offensive to endearing, though generally still considered offensive, and not accepted in formal situations. The term bitch can refer to a person or thing that is very difficult. (Wikipedia). If you say karma is a bitch, it means karma is difficult, offensive or even a hard task master.

The concept of Karma is very deep and wide. But in lay terms, Karma means “work” or “deed”; “act” or “action” and also the intent behind the action.

It refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect), working on the principle of “what goes around comes around” or “you reap what you sow”; not as a punishment but as a consequence. That is, what you do today creates your future. Karma is not only about bad or unpleasant consequences, everything we do is linked to our Karma. You build Karma out of your intent and actions creating a definite path from these. Karma is not some vengeful spirit that stalks and waits for someone to mess up then it strikes in revenge or gives a deserved punishment. If you do good, good returns to you; if you do bad, bad returns to you.

Generally, we can say there is good karma and bad karma, so when you say Karma is a bitch, are you referring to good or bad karma? The phrase itself when said in almost every context implies punishment or retribution which Karma is not in any sense.
So maybe when next you feel the urge to blurt out the phrase “Karma is a bitch”, take a moment to think…. Is Karma really a bitch?
Mr Bakaun Majidadi studied geography in his first degree in the renowned Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU). Also studied Architecture in University of Jos. Want to know more about him follow him on all social media platforms.
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