Everything happens for a reason: 7 reasons to believe this is true


(Genefe Navilon) #1

Read the full article here: https://ideapod.com/everything-happens-for-a-reason-7-reasons-to-believe-in-this-philosophy/

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”


Everything Happens for a Reason
(Justin Brown) #2

I’m interested to conduct a poll of the Ideapod community based on the idea put forward in this article.

Choose one of the following two options below. Once you select your option, you’ll see whether others stand in the community.

  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Life is completely random.

0 voters

After you’ve participated in the poll, let us know your thoughts below.


(Bill Ames) #3

Here is the problem. The universe moves between states. Take a snapshot and then in the smallest time possible take another picture. Some things have changed. Many are on the quantum level and are a result of probability, the chance that, for example, a photon goes left or right. This is on the smallest scale. What happens on our scale is the sum of all these little events. On our level, if we invoke a conscious mind, a decision maker, we can infer purpose. However, is it our purpose or that of some overarching story written by some omnipotent author? Is it random, or goal-directed? There is no way to know. That is why I had to vote random. Others may choose for a reason, but that is their belief.


(Justin Brown) #4

I see this question in a similar way to you @BillAmes. I think that we create meaning with our minds and bodies (with our intuition as well). The meaning we create shapes how we then perceive the world around us.

So I can see why many people would create a narrative of the world that “everything happens for a reason”. At some level, I wish that I shared this belief. It would make things a bit easier.

But ultimately, I feel that it’s all chaotic and random, and it’s just our monkey minds that create these stories. The stories are powerful though. That’s what Ideapod is all about.


(Bill Ames) #5

If we look for random stuff we can see dirt accumulating on a window pane. However, some creative people paint on windows. You are providing an excellent window pane AKA Ideapod. Some will use it as a canvas, some as a viewport. I believe (or I have connections) that your decision to be persistent with Ideapod is not a random act, it has a purpose. I do appreciate that you have provided me with a blank canvas, you can see I am using it, what I would like to see is some competition. You may have a desire to make Ideapod self-supporting (a good idea), what if it has a more significant purpose, sort of like our universe, that is a big complitate place, what use is it? It is what is in it that makes a difference, same with ideapod, as Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”


(Justin Brown) #6

I agree that it needs a more explicitly stated purpose. It will give people some more solid ground from which to engage here and also contribute their own articles.


(Bob Copeland) #8

Everything happens for a reason because we live in a limit based space (speed of light for example) that runs on a cause ---- effect relationship. The downside is that the reason is not always given to you. For example mental illness, why bad things happen to good people, why God answers some prayers & not others. The list goes on & on. It also could be related to why things happen the way they do. People age, things fall apart (entropy) etc… Things appear to us to be random which is an illusion because the “reason” is hidden or not known to us. If you want to take a religious perspective the Lord’s Prayer says let.your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. It doesn’t appear to me that God has any obligation to tell me what he, she, it is up to before he, she, it does it. I’m totally ignorant about other faiths but I suspect that those faiths also don’t say God has to tell them either. On reflection, this is why we build big edifices, pray like crazy to him, her, it because we recognize the power & we don’t want to bring his, her, its’ wraith down on our head. It’s the same principle when we are small. Don’t take a chance & overly irritate your parents who have all the power.