Take charge of your (future) life??

One of the greatest questions of life is its inequality. People will always ask:

what is the reason,
   what is the condition,
why inferiority and superiority
are met with
   among human beings,
      among mankind?

For one meets with
   short-lived and
      long-lived people,
   sick and
      healthy people,
   ugly and
      beautiful people,
   insignificant and
      influential people,
   poor and
      rich people,
   low-born and
      high-born people,
   stupid and
      wise people.

As addressed by the Cula Kammavibhanga Sutta (MN 135). Interestingly, the Buddha explains it using Karma:

Beings are
   owners of kamma,
   heir to kamma,
   born of kamma,
   related through kamma, and
   have kamma as their arbitrator.

Kamma is what creates distinctions
among beings
in terms of coarseness and refinement

The seven pairs of fates are suggested to have seven pairs of preceding conditions in a previous life:

(1) merciless in killing – short life
merciful and compassionate, abstaining from killing – long life

(2) harms others – sickly or disabled
kindly, refrains from harming others – healthy and able-bodied

(3) ill-tempered, given to rage and anger – ugly
well-tempered, refraining from rage and anger – beautiful

(4) begrudging and envious of others – uninfluential
rejoices in others’ achievements – influential

(5) miserly – poor
generous in giving and sharing – rich

(6) haught and proud – low social status
respectful and humble – high social status

(7) does not try to learn – stupid
values learning and makes effort – wise

In short (and in good old common sense),

the way that leads to short life
   makes people short-lived,
the way that leads to long life
   makes people long-lived;

the way that leads to sickness
   makes people sick,
the way that leads to health
   makes people healthy;

the way that leads to ugliness
   makes people ugly,
the way that leads to beauty
   makes people beautiful;

the way that leads to insignificance
   makes people insignificant,
the way that leads to influence
   makes people influential;

the way that leads to poverty
   makes people poor,
the way that leads to riches
   makes people rich;

the way that leads to low birth
   makes people low-born,
the way that leads to high birth
   makes people high-born;

the way that leads to stupidity
   makes people stupid,
the way that leads to wisdom
   makes people wise.

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