Everything happens for a reason. I’m calling bullshit.
I mean on the surface, yes, everything does happen for a reason, hence cause and effect but it’s one of those sayings that states the obvious to create some deeper meaning for itself.
From an outsiders perspective, while watching a couple of stoners arguing about the universe, it seems utterly profound and meaningless. Yet arguing with any of their points is like fighting a losing battle or trying to out smart a three year old. You win and yet you don’t feel like a winner.
So what does it mean? Everything happens for a reason. From the stoners perspective it could mean that anything that could possibly happen is because some heavenly or scientific reason has led you in that direction and that nothing you could do ever say or do to influence that path is insignificant. Life becomes effortless. If that’s true, suddenly life is easier to manage and you are wiped of any guilt, ill-doing because it’s not your fault, this has been planned for you.
Then there’s the cynics view, my pessimistic view. Maybe it’s closed minded, maybe even a little depressing but I truly believe that we as individuals are responsible for our own actions and that no greater power is controlling the decisions like some intricate puppet master.
Without sounding like I’m churning out the sayings and for a lack of better phrasing, ignorance is truly blissful. It would be nice to feel effortless, be the stoner looking for meaning in the stars but it’s just not me. As when I opened my eyes to the social injustice that we as individuals face every day I also opened my eyes to reality and let’s face it, reality is a nightmare we all want to ignore.
My resolution is much like a sound level monitor, to wave in and out of reality, relishing in my solace somewhere in between, not quite reaching my peak before falling into the other with a renewed sense of self. Neither an Einstein or a Kumar, I’m an explorer and sometimes that’s what gets me through the day.