A Bumper Sticker for Our Times

Talking with a few friends the other day about what we’ve seen and maybe learned about U.S. political culture this year, I was reminded of a bumper sticker that confused me when I saw it as a little kid.

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma, it read — and I’ll leave you to imagine the sorts of questions that raised for a fifth-grader.

But, now that I know what the terms mean, the pun feels poignantly apt: who hasn’t had a belief or certainty overtaken by events this year? (Just imagine how wizened 2020 will look in the ubiquitous cartoon!)

Here’s hoping we can all pay more attention to karma vs. dogma in 2021.