Is there a reason for everything

If we think beyond

We can unravel any riddle

The more that we discover

Further will grow the puzzle

 

‘Coz we’re smaller than small

With the wisdom of one cycle

In the great scheme of things

We’re too inconsequential

 

This world began weaving its secrets

With the sacred thread of time

Now they have grown too huge

For us to be able to divine

 

And all those secrets are linked together

So intricately

That weaving and unweaving them

We will never run out of curiosity

 

In my opinion, the world is built upon rationality and everything that happens here results from and into a process; a long drawn and complex one, with intertwining cycles and hierarchies. But limited knowledge and limited time prevent us from completely discerning it. Furthermore, since we have different emotional responses and perceptions, we reason out every outcome differently.

For instance, consider death. Everyone has a different interpretation; from scientists who call it thermodynamics and cell degradation, to religious scholars who call it the path to after-life. Now, as rationally thinking individuals, we generally base our arguments on indisputable scientific facts. We find it difficult to swallow the religious explanation. Religion, many say, has no justification, yet it exists. It’s a matter of perception. Even the seemingly most unjustifiable thing can be justified. All that is required is a different approach, a different perspective and a different school of thought.

Let us apply this to religion. Religion too has a variety of schools of thought. While one says it exists, the other believes it to be a conspiracy by the powerful to control the weak. There are also those that believe that religion was conceived to put keep a check on human arrogance and deceit. However, simply because we do not have enough time and knowledge, we cannot dismiss the possibility of religions and their Gods existing. In other words, that which cannot be reasoned by quantification used by hard sciences cannot be automatically deemed unreasonable. It can be explained using softer philosophies.

Spirituality, a product of economics and anthropology, is one such philosophy. In principle, many of us are skeptical about it. We tend to complain that misfortune does not spare morally upright and honest men. That it has no justification. Now, this is not true. Take the example of natural disasters that wipe out tons of people. They probably arise from geographical factors that are too massive to mitigate or presently too complex for science to predict.

Few also call them a natural population control mechanism. Such statements, though, are frowned upon. The society may subliminally realize the truth in them yet consider them improper justifications. But you see, justification is not a matter of being nice or right or wrong; but simply of reasoning out everything.

To illustrate, a man who meets with an accident is not “deserving” of it. The accident can be caused by a variety of factors such as the vehicle quality, its makers, the road, the traffic, the driver and so on. The list is endless. But all these possible reasons is why a particular vehicle meets with an accident, while its severity determines the fate of the driver.

In other words, nothing in this universe can be accidental, not even what we deem accidents. By objectively observing all the factors, we can paint a very logical picture; one that isn’t necessarily nice, but honest.

This conclusion brings us to The Leibnitz Principle of Sufficient Reason. It quantifies the very process of reasoning to show how all logical arguments mesh together to culminate into the best possible outcome at the appropriate time. And, to quote Einstein, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”.

~ Akanksha Gupta
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12 responses to “Is there a reason for everything

  1. The concept of God is that of a supernatural being who created everything, has limitless power and knowledge, and logically, since He created the laws of nature, is not subject to such laws, but they are subject to Him. In short, God can do by nature what we consider to be miraculous. And therefore man’s insistence that God’s supernatural existence should meet natural criteria is in itself an irrational endeavor.

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  2. I appreciate your good work, and I like people with such good thoughts. But I have a different view on this. I think the lack of logic doesn’t always has to end up in nihilism, we can consider the absurd. It is true that everything happens for reason, things such as the formulation of the continents, climates and the evolution of species. Are actually the results of then existing circumstances. But I think there is necessarily no reason for the existence of circumstances.

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    • Yes. In that regard your argument does seem valid. But it could be that the existence of such circumstances actually are beyond our scope of understanding at the moment. You know, something like …. There are some things that we know we don’t know, and some that we don’t know that we don’t know. However, following this, if we go to the very beginning to find the causal circumstances, you may well be quite right in that that there is no reason for their existence.

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      • I like the idea of things that we don’t know we do not know them. But still, my historic conscious, to which I fall a prey to often urges me to believe the absurd. When I think beyond my experiences, of the lost childhoods of the concentration camps, of the lost womanhood of the pire of Sati, and the black shadows of the slave history, forces me to think it’s absurd. Because in such a case, even if there is a reason, better not believe in harsh one as this. Indeed it keeps me pessimistic at times, and it’s good to see your thoughts are rather optimistic and leads you forward 🙂

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    • I really wish to thank you for your opinion, and especially because it was contradictory. It broadened my horizon and forced me to rethink my conclusions, gave me new ideas and enriched the content of this post. 🙂 I greatly appreciate your comments.

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