“Everything happens for a reason.” If you haven’t heard that one a hundred times this week, you’re not paying attention. Maybe you’re too busy having fun with new Zoom backdrops. (By the way, take it from me, Zooming is a blast when you’re hanging with the Tiger King.)
Anyway, people are saying it a lot, generally muffled under a face mask.
I think it’s what people say to rationalize troubling and seemingly random events. It’s as if a cosmic reason for a calamity would make it less painful.
Does everything happen for a reason? Personally, I don’t care.
When it comes to events like the COVID-19 pandemic, looking for root causes is clearly important. However, looking for cosmic reasons seems counter productive when there can be meaning and action regardless.
Whatever the reason for a calamity, it’s an opportunity to take a breath, and do something.
In the coronavirus context, we can prepare better for the next pandemic. We can build social safety nets that work. We can treat each other more kindly, because we’ve shared in a crisis. We can stock up on – not hoard – disinfectant wipes.
In less dramatic circumstances, like missing a bus, people still say “Everything happens for a reason.”… Read the rest and share