I keep coming across the the saying Everything Happens for a Reason and it feels like a tangled web in my head so I’d be delighted if someone, somewhere could tell me what on earth it means.
Maybe I should explain where I think I’m coming unstuck with it! It’s when it’s used as a sort of platitude that it drives me nuts. What does Everything Happens for a Reason mean when it is said, for example, when a loving husband and father of three young children is swept away by an aggressive form of cancer?
I don’t think it refers to the possible causation of the cancer; rather it seems to be a new, but secular, version of: It’s God’s will ; These things are sent to try us … and the like.
Do people who say Everything Happens for a Reason believe in some Greater Force that is somehow firing banana skins and bonanzas at us to keep us on our toes lest we get complacent in our little comfort zones? Or, does a heartfelt longing for fairy tale endings underpin these 5 words that have me snaffled and baffled …..?