I'm in the eye of a karmic hurricane and it's raised a lot of questions for me. For instance: if one's decisions are affected by something beyond one's control, let's say chronic depression, is the same level of punishment afforded to someone who is simply cruel or hard-hearted? I was also getting a notion that perhaps the depression is meant as a means of training the spirit like chi kung masters who run up and down hills with weights tied to their legs. The whole issue makes me question the validity of the standard perceptions of mental health. I think I need to find out who and what I was in my past lives. I never used to put much stock in the idea of karma, but now... Are the rules outlined somewhere? I'd be quite curious to research a bit.