'Everything Happens For A Reason'

  • metta

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    I hear people say that all of the time. Do you believe that to be true?
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Everything happens for whatever reason you make up. Yes, I believe people can come up with reasons for everything happening. No, I don't believe there's some grand universal plan.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    No, that's just what people say to comfort themselves when life blows.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    If you're talking about fate or destiny, then no.
  • disasterpiece

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    I agree with the other 4 posters, but I believe, sometimes, coincidences and luck are wayyyyy too curious to be only coincidences and luck.

    You know, that "so cliché, I wouldn't have wrote this story myself" kindof moment.
  • swedeinusa

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    It depends on the cultural philosophy you live by...if you are "religious"obviously some higher power is directing the game, if you are into Karma....some sort of "cosmic memory" will balance the game eventually, if you are an optimist you will make lemonade and roll with it,if you are a pessimist, "it just your luck....If you didn't have bad luck, you'd have no luck at all....", etc.... it may "happen for a reason",but there may not be a known cause......I think its all BS....SHIT HAPPENS!....Move on! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:55 AM GMT

    Bumper sticker we saw and agreed with..

    "Shit happens"


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    Mar 21, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    I think sometimes things just happen for a reason, but life is full of shit!
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    Mar 21, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    KardioKing saidNo, that's just what people say to comfort themselves when life blows.


    Since there are no reasons, will you comfort me, KK?
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    Mar 21, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    Things happen. Welcome to life. The end.
  • BardBear

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    Mar 21, 2011 10:08 AM GMT
    Actually, I do believe that. Helps me through some rough patches where rational thought doesn't fit. I've had some terrible moments in my past. And I can assign it to randomness. It just doesn't work.

    Peace,
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    I think it's all the power of the mind.
    You can convince yourself of anything if you try hard enough.

    I personally don't really believe in the whole karma "do good get good, do bad get bad" because there are a heap of good people who constantly get shit everyday.

    Things are what you make of it.

    I certainly have gone through things that I regret but I don't let them hold me down or dwell on them. Let them make you stronger and move on.
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:53 AM GMT
    yeah haha.

    It's The Perfect Asshole Excuse For Everything.....Pathetic, 97.6% Of The Time.
  • Buddha

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    Mar 21, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    When it comes to fatalism, you don't really have to do anyhting. If someone is dying you don't have to help them, you can just watch them die and tell yourself that, if you were supposed to help them, you would have. I think it justifies what I see as coldhearted, for example that you let someone starve to death or accept violence. If you have the perspective that everything happens for a reason, you can just leave it be and think that everything has a higher purpose that you "don't understand".

    I admit, I don't give money to every homeless person I see. But at least I can bear that on my conscious, I don't want to muddle it up with thoughts of "that it's good that they starve, it has a greater purpose".
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    I dunno
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    I haven't seen everything happen yet, so I have no idea.
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:41 AM GMT
    Haha yes, things happen for a reason, either bad or good, so is not an excuse for shit hAppening, or for good happening. Im not saying is God controling the world as a board game.

    And things dont happen out of total randomness either...
  • Ironman4U

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    Mar 21, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    Up until 2 years ago, I would have said "no." But I've had some amazing experiences which have transformed my thinking and understanding since then.

    The more I learn, the more I realize there is so much more that I don't know or that I will ever fully comprehend. The universe is much larger and more complex than anything my small mind can understand. So yes, I believe things happen for a reason. Does that mean that you can't exercise free will or make decisions to impact your journey? Of course not.

    There is a line in "Desiderata" which provides some timeless wisdom on this. "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
  • free_mind12

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    Mar 21, 2011 12:03 PM GMT
    People who say this are trying to justify the causes or reasons for their calamities and their joys. This also depends upon the context in which the phrase is used, did an event occur because of human intention or some divine intervention? Most events beyond human control happens for no greater purpose, people who subscribe to the idea (things happen for a reason) that they do, do so because it gives them psychological comfort, when in fact the things that do happen for a reason, that reason bey arbitrary human behavior.
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    Mar 21, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    There's a reason why gay guys exist. They "happened" for a reason.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 21, 2011 12:17 PM GMT
    I don't think things "automatically" happen unless they are predisposed to do so or encouraged to go a certain direction.
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    Mar 21, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    'Everything Happens For A Reason'

    metta8 saidI hear people say that all of the time. Do you believe that to be true?

    No. At the same time, I try to exploit situations that initially appear negative to me. Don't always succeed, of course, but I often do turn things around to my advantage, or at least minimize the damage. No sense just getting steamrollered by Life.

    My partner, on the other hand, does believe this "for a reason" philosophy. Which I don't argue with him too strongly, since he thinks that *I* came into his life for a reason (no doubt to harass & punish him icon_twisted.gif ).

    No, I believe in largely random events that have no reason, except for those things deliberately preplanned by humans.
  • alphatop

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    Mar 21, 2011 12:31 PM GMT
    Well,what do u think? That everything just happens randomly, without any connection whatsoever? Yes, EVERYTHING happens for a REASON, but people many times don't see that reason, so they think it's just random shit. In my opinion, it's not. There is a reason why we are born at the first place, and there is a reason why is our life the way it is. I firmly believe that every individual is responsible for his own direction and decision in life. To live life without any reason, well...that just sucksicon_confused.gif
  • bad_wolf

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    Mar 21, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    I'm gonna go all Merovingian on you, apologies in advance;
    There is no divine purpose, no intent, design or reason behind why things happen. Thing happen for a reason, yes, because effect is followed by cause;

    Did you trip up in the street for a reason? Yes because you didn't tie your shoelaces. Cause and effect. Not because someone 'up there' has it in for you. No, not because it is fate or destiny or luck for that matter. Such thing we manufacture to ease cohesive comprehension of our world, like religion and God – perhaps a result of fear or a failure to accept ignorance of certain truths that are beyond our intelligence and understanding, answers to question we'll never work out.