Stop Saying Everything Happens For a Reason

Zone of Non-being

When a personal setback or national tragedy takes place, many people are searching for explanations. In the understandable desire to alleviate anxiety, a popular phrase is typically offered: everything happens for a reason. While uttered in a spirit of good intentions, this line of thinking is problematic for at least three reasons.

First, it is a disempowering worldview. People are framed as mere actors in a play directed by an external force. We become puppets who do nothing more than regurgitate from a script. Control is theorized as being outside the individual; thus reducing humanity to an instrument. Such an idea wages a frontal assault on agency and responsibility – sending the message that beings are just -and can only be- means to an end. Depending on the psychological makeup of each person, this could strengthen the original feeling of despondency that it seeks to ameliorate. Alternatively, this perspective…

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4 Responses to Stop Saying Everything Happens For a Reason

  1. Becky Bee says:

    Hey- I’m reading a truly amazing book at the moment and for some reason it made me think of you. It’s an autobiography by Margo jefferson called Negroland and it is just so… classy, about race and gender and intersections. I would love your opinion on it.

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