What Do You Mean ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’?

Examining how a worn out cliché might be helpful to us — just not in the way we might think

Throughout my life, I have consistently heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason”. Sometimes, it’s said because something bad happened, and it’s supposed to be comforting. Sometimes, it’s said because something good happened, as a way to affirm something more than blind luck. But what does the phrase really mean?

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