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Will it come back to bite you?

Dear Karma Cleanser:

I have an evil cousin and there's no love lost between us. I also have a younger sister I adore, and she mistakenly considers our cousin one of her best friends. A few months ago I found out our cousin had been sleeping with my sister's ex-boyfriend behind her back. My initial reaction was to tell my sister. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt that if I did that I would be the one causing my sister pain because I would be the one who dropped the bomb. I don't know if I should say anything and deal with my own consequences or just keep letting the knowledge drive me nuts. Any suggestions?
— Conflicted Karma

Why is it any of your sister's business who her ex is sleeping with? Had you discovered that the cousin was making mad monkeysex with your sister's current boyfriend, then you might have a case. Otherwise, you'd best take the TomKat approach and keep your little Suri, er, secret out of sight.



Dear Karma Cleanser:

I am a Buddhist. I am also a teacher in a Christian home for developmentally challenged adults. This summer we've had a problem with mice coming into our home. The mice don't do any harm to anyone. But, the other teachers in our facility get very upset when they see them. The maintenance man came and put a mouse trap in the closet of my classroom. I threw it away, because I follow the Buddhist philosophy of not taking lives. When another teacher saw this, she told my boss about it and I got into trouble. I feel badly about the mice who will die because of the new trap (another one was put back in place of the one I threw away), but what can I do?
— Ratted Out

How about a live trap that just sticks the little bugger in place without killing him? Either that or meditate on the greater good it does to stop a trash-eating varmint from spreading disease in your workplace.


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