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Do things happen for a reason?

Asked by killerkadoogen (418points) February 8th, 2010

Do things really happen for a reason? Or is it just a bunch of bull? Shrugs I can’t really decide lol.

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AnetM's avatar

Everything happens for a reason !

Everything happens for a reason!
Nothing happens by chance or by means
of good luck. Illness, injury, love,
lost moments of true greatness and sheer
stupidity all occur to test the limits
of your soul. Without these small
tests, life would be like a smoothly
paved, straight, flat road to nowhere,
safe and comfortable but dull and
utterly pointless.

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

Does it matter? If things do happen for a reason, you’ll never know. Just live your life and be happy for what you have.
-Dan

ragingloli's avatar

No, but everything happens as a consequence of something else preceding the event.

TheJoker's avatar

My philosophy on life is, ‘Shit happens’. No rhyme or reason for anything.

laureth's avatar

Let me put it like this. A man is hit by a car – did it happen for a reason?

The reason is generally not “because he was a bad person.” The reason is usually something like “somebody wasn’t paying attention.”

The reason is generally not “because he was supposed to meet a nice hospital nurse and fall in love,” it’s because “inertia kept the car moving fast ahead, even though the driver applied his brakes when he hit the icy patch.”

The reason isn’t usually “because the driver subconsciously hated him,” it’s because “the pedestrian was an idiot who crossed against the light.”

So, there are reasons (or as @ragingloli said, “consequences”), but they’re not generally the same reasons people are thinking about when they ask if things happen “for a reason.” Make sense?

slick44's avatar

I beleive they do, of coarse it is somtimes extremly hard to accept,Like when its somthing bad. But good and Bad, I think its all in the bigger “picture.”

Silhouette's avatar

No. Woman was walking through the mall she tripped and fell she landed on the baby she had swaddled to her chest killing it. I can’t find a reason for that other than the type of reason laureth mentions. It happened because she tripped, it happened because of the way she landed, it happened because she was at the mall that day. No rhyme, no reason.

janbb's avatar

Nope – but sometimes good does come out of bad.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Of course. Things happen because people were there (or they weren’t) and they did certain things (or didn’t do certain things), or because that meteor, lightning bolt, avalanche or falling tree had to land somewhere, after all.

phoebusg's avatar

I have to agree with @ragingloli – everything does happen for a “reason” in the sense that – there is always a cause for what’s happening. But that is different from, something happened because it was intended to by some secret force and so forth. We do not always see the cause, but everything is connected to some degree. Even though we cannot yet see all of those fine connections.

It’s more useful to have a balance thought about how much power you have over the universe. You’re not powerless, you’re not all powerful. As such, you’re not all responsible either. One could be hard on themselves following the above thinking – especially if everything was intended—so it was their punishment! Or who knows what other association one may make.

cookieman's avatar

If I’m being honest, ‘No’. I’m sure it’s all consequence and coincidence and happenstance.

But I like to tell myself that it does because I don’t believe in god, or heaven, or Jesus or anything of the sort. So I tell myself ‘Yes’ because, well, ya gotta believe in something and why not that.

That…and cookies. I believe in cookies.

Merriment's avatar

No, everything just happens.

Reason is just what we look for, after the fact, to give ourselves a sense of control in the randomness to come.

Or it is just the meaning we attempt to attribute to an event in order to give some mitigating “value” to our shit bad luck or feared to be undeserved good luck.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Wow, @Merrimentimpressive answer!

You haven’t written any books by any chance, have you?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@SABOTEUR “by any chance” ... I love the subtlety. Was there a reason for that wording, or was that just chance, too?

Merriment's avatar

@SABOTEUR Thank you! No, I haven’t written any books but I have taken lots of mental notes during this life of mine :)

CMaz's avatar

Action, reaction. Pretty simple.

SABOTEUR's avatar

@CyanoticWasp …no pun intended…!
@Merriment You take good notes.

loveurmindnsoul's avatar

I am sure in life there are certain things you’ll experience that you’ll have no idea as to why it happened or you’ll feel like no good will come out of it. You could look at it simply and say that life is ruled by causality link . As to why certain things happen to you or if you’re looking for a deeper meaning, sometimes there just isn’t a reason for it. You’re just going to have to live life

mattbrowne's avatar

Not always. Like the radioactive decay of a single atom.

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