How can I politely rebut "Everything happens for a reason"?
February 8, 2011 6:55 AM Subscribe
People always say, “Things happen for a reason,” or, “It was meant to be,” or, “God has a plan.” But I don’t believe any of those things, and I don’t know how to respond politely when people say them.
posted by tatiana wishbone to Human Relations (89 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
How do you respond when people pay lip service to the idea of predestination/fate/other religious stuff you don’t believe in? I usually just smile and nod, but that feels like I’m lying about something I feel strongly about. Things happen by chance and human will. How do I convey my beliefs about this without getting into a philosophical argument over platitudes? I want to say, “Actually, things happen by chance, and nothing is meant to be, and there is no God, much less a plan!” But a little bit nicer and less combative.