Cancer a payback for success?

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NY Post:  Bee Gee Robin Gibb believes his cancer ordeal could be a form of payback for the global success of his smash-hit group.  The 62-year-old star is in remission after battling the deadly disease for 18 months.

I sometimes wonder if the tragedies my family has suffered are a kind of karmic price for all the fame and fortune the Bee Gees have had,” Gibb said.  The singer said fighting cancer has convinced him to make the most of “every single second” he has left.
He was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his liver, after collapsing in 2010. His ordeal sparked dreadful memories of the death of his Gibb brothers Maurice seven years earlier and tragic Andy, who died aged just 30.  Yet Robin Gibb battled back and is now in remission.

The singer said, “I am not and never have been at death’s door.”  But he said, “The illness, and the untimely death of my brothers, has made me conscious of the fact that — rather than just think about it — it’s crucial that you do today what you want to do. I’ve got a sense of urgency about life, rather than withdrawing from it and feeling depressed.”
He added, “Now I know how precious time is, and that you can’t put it in the bank. So I intend to make the most of every single second of it that I’ve got left.
It is sad that Mr. Gibb believes that his cancer is the price he paid for having success in life.  While I’m glad he’s recognized how precious life is, it is a shame he believes that this is “karma”. 
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
Mr. Gibb should realize that there are many others, besides him, fighting cancer that haven’t achieved his notoriety.  How do you explain their ailments?  We all have ups and downs in life.  It’s how you choose to handle them that define your character.  And blaming “karma” just sounds like an excuse to me.
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0 responses to “Cancer a payback for success?

  1. What a bizarre notion. That’s not even a correct use of the concept of karma.
    In Buddhism, karma refers to beings having to “pay for” wrongs committed in this or a previous life or incarnation. Karma is not about illnesses as “payback” for having achieved success — unless, of course, if Robin Gibb and his brothers had attained success through foul means.
    Sure sounds like Robin Gibb is feeling very guilty about something he’s done.

  2. “….it’s crucial that you do today what you want to do…”
    It is still ALL about him. I cannot judge the sincerity behind his comment, but it does not read like he will be spending his time in a very joyous way does it? Sometimes the things you “want” to do will not bring you the peace and joy that you seem to be seeking……but what do I know?

  3. The Bible says the curse causeless does not come. I think there are such things as curses. We’ve all been under the curse at a level since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden for sin. So, there’s a reason, I’m quite certain, for everything that happens in life. I wouldn’t call it “karma”, but I would call it curse when it is something evil. It’s the curse working — sin working at some level — when bad things happen. Yet, God is good and works all things together for good to those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose. I believe we should seek God and pray. Karma, no. Seeking God, yes. Trusting God as saints — always.

  4. Right now he is simply feeling sorry for himself; and trying rationalize why he had cancer. I am not disparaging him, just commenting on how people do react at times to serious illness. The poor guy apparently does’t know the meaning behind karma. Success and fame is not a cause for karmic retribution.

  5. There’s a backstory to his mis-attributing cancer to karma, because of his family history. The surviving Gibb brothers rightly or wrongly, had tremendous guilt over not being able to save the deceased sibling preceding them. It’s a complex family dynamics where responsibility, indebtedness, being family bread-winners since childhood, complications from sibling rivalry and having incredibly close (us-against-the-world survival through abject poverty and showbiz), telepathic bonds etc, all manifest their love/hate through guilt notwithstanding the illogical.
    Blaming it on karma lessens his debilitating guilt for not saving his twin, who died in Miami while he was in the UK, but could still feel abdominal pains during the other’s dying.


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