Karma means "action", and is the simple law of cause and effect. Contrary to a popular understanding that Karma is a judging energy that will "come to get you when you are bad", Karma is simply an explanation of how every cause or action has a result. This result then becomes the cause for another result. Karma emphasises personal responsibility in the actions we take in the world. To engage in the world with good intention behind our action, and to pay attention to the impact, or effect of the action on oneself an on others is to live a life that leads to a positive life.