The belief - and I hold to it, at present, anyway - is that we have freedom of choice. This is the main thing. But it goes a lot deeper than that, I suspect. For example, the choices made by the majority of people, in our own culture, other cultures, all have results which impact on us, therefore making our own choices more difficult to be made free of bias. By that, I mean we are influenced by our culture.
For example, if the egos of one country's leaders are in conflict with the leaders of another, we might choose to go to war to kill people we don't even know. In this instance, if we young and immature - and most volunteer militia generally are - we create negative karma for ourselves and for our country. But who is responsible here? The leaders? The young soldiers? Or the thoughts and actions of whole populations? And are those who are copping it, being attacked, being paid back for their own karmic deeds?
Karmic balancing? I think so. Not only our own karma but the entire world's.
Karma carried forward from past lives (if one believes it, and I tend to) can be seen as absolute injustice or fate or a vindicive god by those who don't believe in past lives and karma. "Why me?" we say.
I think there is so much wisdom extant which we either don't understand or simply refuse to take on board. For example, the adage: 'As above, so below; as within, so without.' In other words what we have in our souls manifests in our lives. We create our own heavens or hells (and what lies between these two polarities) with our minds. The world might be objective and neutral 'out there.' 'in here' it is decidedly not the case.
No, I don't know if everything - or even anything - I've said here is true. But it is a philsophy worth understanding and endeavoring to live by.
"Know thyself!" It sounds so simple. A lifetime of self-study and still I've ot a long, long way to go. But I can say that I honestly believe I have spiritual guidance, and that so does anyone else who wishes to "Know his or her real self."
Nice to know that so many others are on similar quests of self-understanding.