I grew up in an era where the phrase, “What goes around, comes around” was in common use. That is a time honored way of saying the obvious– the universe has a way of correcting the misdeeds of nefarious human beings who would otherwise ignore the laws of the universe for their own gain.
The generation after me uses a similar phrase, with a similar, although more pointed, message. Karma is a bitch.
Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Asian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives – one’s saṃsāra.
That’s a somewhat convoluted way of saying “What goes around, comes around” but the general idea remains. Do good deeds, life is better. Do bad deeds, the universe will balance itself sooner or later, and you’re not likely to enjoy the shift.
I have no doubt that Apple is full of good karma. That accounts for the growing number of delightful products the company designs and manufactures, its growing social awareness, and its desire to share some of its riches with those who invest in the company. Despite decades of gloom and doom from critics and prognosticators and copy cat cloners, Apple prospers beyond that of any technology company on planet earth.
See? Good Karma.
Now, let’s contrast Apple and all that good karma with Samsung, which, despite being a company headquartered in Asia (which should know something about karma) seems not to understand even the basics of ‘what goes around, comes around.’ Samsung is a huge multi-national conglomerate with operations all over the world and a long list of products (see my missive from last week for a lengthy list).
Samsung is experiencing some serious good karma deprivation. Why?
Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades, the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s; these areas would drive its subsequent growth.
Through the years a number of Samsung’s highest ranking executives have done jail time for price fixing, running slush funds for bribes, and conducted business with a cutthroat mentality that few companies, customers, or countries would tolerate. The company has been fined for intellectual property theft, convicted of labor abuse, and regularly lies and distorts the truth in advertising and marketing.
What goes around, comes around.
Just weeks ago the newly introduced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was heralded as the best smartphone money can buy, the new Samsung flagship, a device bristling with the latest technological advances. But karma is a bitch. Iris scanner and Quad-HD screen, meet exploding batteries.
Samsung issued a recall of millions of devices which will cost the company billions of dollars and many lawsuits. Nathan Dornacher lost his car and much of his home thanks to his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery.
I converted from Apple phones back when some of the first Notes were out, and I’ve had every new Note since then. I don’t think I’m going to let another Samsung product into my house.
See? Bad karma.