Luis Suarez: Liverpool Fans Can Relax – He’s Not Been Injured By An Act of God
LOTS of chatter about Luis Suarez not being fit to play for Uruguay in the summer’s World Cup. On Talk Sport, jobbing controversialist Andy Durham says it’s all karma for his handball in the 2010 tournament. But to attribute Suarez’s poorly knee to karma is ignorant.
If the celebrated, talented, decorated footballer’s injury is the product of karma, he must have behaved brilliantly when young to have got himself in a World Cup team. If good moral deeds in a past life shape your place in this one, the wonderfully talented Luis Suarez must have a golden soul.
Karma is nothing to be dipped in an out of, as Durham suggests. If it exits, it’s an ever-present force on living things, like gravity.
If we follow though Durham’s argument, can it be argued that the disabled are being punished for bad morals? Do Buddhists believe that disabled people are suffering for misdeeds in a past life?
In 1999, Glenn Hoddle (not a Buddhist but a Christian) was sacked from the England job for saying to a Sunday Times writer:
“You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains. Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap.”
Karma is a tricky thing. At base level, it’s not all that pleasant a concept. It’s not far removed from Christians who attribute hurricanes to gay rights. Karma is too often billed as a negative force, a justice delivered with a hammer blow. Sharon Stone, a convert to Buddhism, opined that the 68,000 people killed in China in 2008 were victims of bad karma for Beijing policy in Tibet. She said: “I thought, is that karma – when you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”
Buddhists don’t believe karma is the only cause – others are:
inorganic or environmental factors, such as the weather
organic or biological factors, like bacteria or viruses
psychological factors such as stress
To which we’d add: falling over a leg on a football pitch.
Suarez is no victim of karmic law. Durham overlooks the simple fact that Suarez received a red card for using his hand to stop a certain goal in the 2010 World Cup. And there was a penalty, which the opposition missed. Was that miss also karma? No. That was bad technique, stress, tiredness and nerves.
And, as for Suarez being injured now, well, we’ll believe it when we see it – after all, Luis rises quicker than Jesus: