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Harmanpreet K. @harmanpree...

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Bad things happen for the same reason anything happens.

As a meaning-seeking species, we tend to process events in terms of what they mean to us: is it good or bad for us? And it is a human habit to infer deliberate intention to events in self-referential ways.

We are also a story-telling species. Our brains have a natural proclivity for coherent stories—grand narratives with an overarching point and a satisfying end: things must happen for specific reasons, they must have a point. Our brains are not satisfied with randomness.

“Why did this happen?” and “Why me?” are therefore natural and common questions asked by many people when faced with a sudden adverse event, such as a diagnosis of cancer. “What did I do to deserve this? Did I do something to cause it?” Many people are inclined to wonder if they are being punished by God for some past transgressions, or to ponder if there is some intended mysterious plan or higher reason for their misfortune, perhaps some intended lesson in their suffering.

In my practice, I have observed that the belief that life events are somehow intended can have powerful effects on motivation, both positive and negative. This belief is a double-edged sword: it can be reassuring and comforting but can also lead to disillusionment, anguish, and feelings of abandonment by God, under conditions of cruel adversity.

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Anonymous

Agree with last paragraph it’s upto us how we take those life events as a lesson or not?
People needs to understand few things like
Good and bad both goes along with life we can minimise bad things by taking wise decisions but we cannot eliminate it completely. You have to accept and move on in life don’t hold to those bad events
🫡 I tried my best forgive me if it doesn’t make sense 🥲

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Harmanpreet K. @harmanpree...

True mate.
You got it.!!✨

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