“Everything Happens for a Reason”

We’ve all heard people say it. We might have thought it ourselves. But what do we really mean when we believe that “everything happens for a reason”? Is it a harmless form of wishful thinking that provides comfort and reassurance when times are tough? Or, is there something potentially problematic in endorsing this sentiment? When we say “everything happens for a reason,” we often do so when trying to make sense of personal hardship and suffering. Yet when we use the phrase, we usually don’t claim to know the reason. Whatever the cause, it was not the result of our own deliberate intention; nor are we appealing to the reasons of another. For example, when someone reflectively thinks “everything happens… read more →