If someone makes , perhaps the fruit of that kamma is having one's own life saved in a future life, whereas standing by and doing nothing might result in being left to “suffer one's fate” in the future?
The Tsunami, lightning storm, or a meteor shower is just the proximate cause for death or injury. It is not the root cause. We saw that although there were many victims, there were also remarkable instances of escapes and rescues.
The makes it clear that not all effects are due to past kamma.
The Buddhist doctrine of Kamma is clearly not fatalism. We inherit our kamma, are born from it, and are related to it, but we also have (present) kamma as our refuge to escape from suffering. Studying and discussing the texts, meditating, practising morality, and so forth are all wholesome kammas. While engaged in performing those wholesome kammas, we have no time for doing unwholesome kammas. Conversely, those who are wasting their lives pursuing sensual pleasures only, are missing the very precious opportunity to accumulate kusala kamma and pāramī, even if they are abiding by the basic precepts.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)