It is a little more complicated than that, but to each his own!I looked into it at one point, but the little bit I read about I didn't like. There are good parts too, but if you're going to follow a religion, you can't cherry pick just the parts you like.
You're supposed to be vegetarian, so as not to kill other living creatures. But, if someone offers you meat, you're supposed to eat it, so you don't hurt their feelings. So, someones feelings are more important than the life of an animal?
Also, the karma system tends to blame the victim. If you have an abortion, you and the unborn fetus are both punished ( not sure how else to describe it); you for the abortion, the fetus because it must have done something bad in a previous life to be aborted. If you're poor, have an illness, are raped or killed, etc it's because you must have done something bad in a previous life.
I may have interpreted what I read wrong, please correct me if so.
Well, that is pretty depressing. I disagree with that statement.Lately I have seen Buddhists saying things like "There is no point in helping others as everything is meaningless anyway and life is an illusion, and trying to help others interrupts the flow of life." I have seen that sort of thing come up from time to time via some Buddhists.
...The objective and subjective conditions together determine the weight of karma. This is important because understanding this will help us to understand that karma is not simply a matter of black and white, or good and bad. Karma is moral action and moral responsibility. But the working of the Law of Karma is very finely tuned and balanced so as to match effect with cause, so as to take into account the subjective and objective conditions that determine the nature of an action. This ensures that the effects of actions are equal to and similar to the nature of the causes...
...For instance, when Maudgalyayana was beaten to death by bandits, the Buddha was able to tell that this event was the effect of something Maudgalyayana had done in a previous life when he had taken his aged parents to the forest and having beaten them to death, had then reported that they had been killed by bandits...