We love to believe “Everything Happens for a Reason” when the truth of that statement is actually just the opposite — “Nothing Happens for a Reason” — but to argue the reversal instead of the canard is to challenge the very fabric of our illogical existence.
We live to give form, texture, context and function to random events in our lives and we always see that sort of gullible rationalization when it comes to dealing with tragedies and death.
“Accidents and killings can’t possibly be random,” we rationalize, “we know there must be a reason somewhere.” We then work extra hard, using our minds, and not our common sense, to craft a reason that will comfort us in our grief.
A recent example of this ridiculous rationalization is found in the acidic mind of Glenn Beck, who proffered his misanthropic reason for the Japan earthquake: It Was God’s Will.
Glenn Beck says Japan’s earthquake might be a “message” from God. “We can’t see the connections here,” he said on his show Monday. “I’m not saying God is causing earthquakes – well I’m not not saying that either!”
“What God does is God’s business,” Beck continued. “But I’ll tell you this…there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I’m just saying.”
Beck continued trying to make a connection between human behavior and the natural disasters that have wreaked havoc in Japan, even casually mentioning “radical Islam” before revealing what he called “the answer.”
When God is self-righteously invoked to punish the innocent for the evil paranoia of one person, we have a clear example of the human fallibility of reason.
Reasons are excuses.
Reasons are cudgels we use against those who are unlike us.
Reasons are justifications, causes and explanations for events that require predestiny and a plan in order to make any sense.
Reasons give power to randomness and to the unexplained.
There isn’t a single reason for anything that happens, but there are a thousand different causes — and it is our job as cogent and logical people to know the dangerous difference.