Karma means action, work or deed and it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). It may also impact on others around us as souls learn together. We all have free will to control our own actions and behaviours. Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma.
The philosophy of karma is closely associated with the idea of reincarnation in many schools of religion, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism as well as Taoism. Those practising Spirituality also tend to believe that karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives.
I believe that the meaning of life is to learn lessons and if we don’t learn them, we will need to address them again in the next life.
So does it really exist? If you’re philosophical, then yes. In some cultures there is a saying ‘an eye for an eye’ and it is occasionally used as a form of punishment. So here we have a situation where karma is dished out because someone ‘deserves’ to be treated the way that they treat others. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if it’s real or not, as we should all be kind to each other and act as we would want others to act around us regardless.