Everything Happens For A Reason
Everything happens for a reason…or does it?
It is a common saying, “Everything happens for a reason,” and is often attributed to a person’s faith, yet those words are never explicitly stated in the bible. People often draw upon various scriptures to convey the concept that unforeseen events will have a fortunate ending if you can only believe dark times will get brighter. It is also a popular theme in novels and cinema.
In literature, the “everything happens” theme is sometimes portrayed as a character’s destiny and can hint at a greater conflict of fate versus free will. The opposing dogmas of destiny and free will are present in several novels. “No Country for Old Men,” “Slaughter House Five,” “Wicked,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Moby Dick,” to name a few.
In cinema, one of the more interesting displays of destiny and free will is in the movie “Forrest Gump” (the novel while a little rougher around the edges has a similar theme and not quite as rosy as the movie). Forrest accepts all of life’s detours and challenges, in part because he is trying to determine his destiny and “everything happens for a reason.” Conversely, Jenny spends most of her life suffering due to her inability to accept her fate and circumstance.
Where do you see the struggle of fate and free will in fiction? Is it a reflection of reality and a person’s struggle to accept fate or force their free will upon life? I look forward to reading your responses!
New International Version (NIV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.