We’ve all heard the saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” Do any of you hate that saying as much as I do? I believe that SOME things happen for a reason, but not “everything.”
Usually, when that statement is made, it’s because we have learned a lesson by the events that have taken place, or the choices we’ve made. Yet, it’s also a cop out and lame excuse to make in order to justify an outcome, or to make sense of things. I understand that certain things in life happen in order to teach us something, or for us to make changes for the better. I understand that the choices we make help us to make better choices in the future, or at least, different choices. Yet, there is a whole lot of ugliness, hatefulness, selfishness, jealousy, spitefulness, violence, and evil in this world, which causes a lot of misery for others, at no fault of their own. That statement makes the victim’s pain seem insignificant…..and justified. That’s wrong.
The violence and abuse directed at children, innocent women in an abusive relationship, animal abuse, hate crimes against a person of color or someone “different” than them, and murder of completely innocent people happen FOR NO REASON. Why do we say that a child being tortured and murdered “happens for a reason?” How cruel is that for the child’s parents to hear? It’s ignorant and mean to say this around someone who is hurting. Is this said to make us feel better about not being able to prevent it? Is it said as a way to comfort ourselves in the event of tragedy? There are so many horrible, senseless tragedies that happen in our world to innocent victims. It’s unfair to treat their pain and suffering as something the rest of us can learn a lesson from.
Stop saying, “Everything happens for a reason.” It doesn’t. It’s mean. It’s stupid. Just because it makes YOU feel better for saying it, others, who have truly suffered at no fault of their own, find it painful. Everything does NOT happen for a reason. Just because you learned a little (or big) lesson on the path of life, does not mean that “everything” happens for a reason. Life is about learning, and finding who you are. Learning along the way is normal. If you don’t learn anything, then something is wrong with you, and you will continue to make the same mistakes along the way.
If events in your life were different, and if you made different choices, you would still learn something. You would still meet significant people along the way. You would still have goals and aspirations. Timing would still be important to what happens, and where you would end up. There would still be difficult people along the way. If you said then, that “everything happens for a reason,” then wouldn’t that contradict the life you have actually led? We don’t know how different things would be if certain events didn’t happen along the way. We don’t know what it would be like if we met different people, chose different careers, made different choices. We don’t know.
Every time I hear someone say, “Well, everything happens for a reason,” I want to tell them that I feel sorry for them. They obviously don’t have any faith in their own decision making, or confidence that they can make changes in their life. I also pity them for going through life having no compassion or empathy for anyone who has suffered. Do NOT say, “Everything happens for a reason” to someone who is hurting. Actually, just stop saying it altogether. Things happen. Life happens. We obtain goals. Dreams come true. Terrible events occur………lift each other up, support each other, and stop making the lame excuse of “everything happens for a reason.” It just happens.