Everything happens for a reason… or does it?

I use the phrase ‘Everything happens for a reason’ but this morning I read an article from Big Think that described this way of thinking as managing ‘to combine the maximum of ignorance with the maximum of arrogance’. Wow.

This made me think. Why do we use this phrase? I think it might be because sometimes there isn’t an immediate answer to something or something seems inexplicable or ‘unfair’. It is a kind of reassurance that life is not nice sometimes.

Here is the Big Think article: http://bigthink.com/the-proverbial-skeptic/everything-happens-for-a-reason-really?utm_source=Big+Think+Weekly+Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6f0d91fc7a-_Here_s_What_s_New_at_Big_Think6_14_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d098f42ff-6f0d91fc7a-40615877

More information: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hot-thought/201002/does-everything-happen-reason-0

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One thought on “Everything happens for a reason… or does it?”

  1. Yes- both are interesting and convincing articles. I’ve found it harder- perhaps just by living longer- to hold onto the idea of an ordered world. It is difficult to give up altogether, however, on the idea that there is some kind of pattern or meaning in the things which happen. I suspect that this might be vain or solipsistic, though. Even so, having religious faith does not, I think, preclude an honest engagement with the terrible things which happen in the world. In the book of Job, it is Job’s comforters- who provide pat explanations for his sufferings- who are wrong and in the end condemned. There is still the idea that God is testing Job’s faith through them, but the standard understanding of the time- that they are caused by some sin on his part- is shown to be false. We live in an ordered universe which necessarily obeys the laws of physics. This does not, of course, imply that there must be a moral order, but the fact that we are here at all asking these kinds of questions suggests that there might be some kind of meaning (beyond that which we construct ourselves) to our lives.

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