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Do you think things happen in life because they are meant to?

I have always wondered this so please comment too.. thanks

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29Yes
25No
15I'm not sure


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romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 2-Mar-2001 12:51am  
I don't think there's a creator or grand design... I do think there are some fundamental rules that roughly determine how things happen. I'm undecided on the concept of free will, but it's a nice idea. I suspect it misses the point. Regardless, without intention there's no "meant to".
smurf
posted 2-Mar-2001 2:56am  
I think there is a destiny for all of us, and we all have a reason for being here. No one is put on this earth for nothing. So yes, I believe that things do happen in life because they're meant to, as these things help us to grow into who we're meant to be.
cody
posted 2-Mar-2001 4:33am  
I'd like to think so, and it sure does seem like it sometimes, but I think that it only seems that way because it is the tendency of the mind to make order out of chaos! The overestimation effect comes into play.
autumnlight
posted 2-Mar-2001 5:19am  
I'm not sure. Most of the time I do believe this as some things happen to you that just cant be coincidence.
Maarten
posted 2-Mar-2001 5:24am  
No
jjg
posted 2-Mar-2001 7:53am  
The thought that someone (ie God) is out to get me would explain everything.
God
posted 2-Mar-2001 8:52am  
Interesting question. Its a question of fate really isn't it. I think (unfortunately) that everything happens by chance, unless you believe that God occasionally steps in and actually enforces something that otherwise would not have happened.
TeddyMiller
posted 2-Mar-2001 9:45am  
No, I think a lot of things that happen are just random chance.
Zang
posted 2-Mar-2001 10:18am  
Hard to say. I tend to believe that "big things"...births, deaths, and hence wars, disasters etc. are predetermined, but we have control over the smaller issues.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 2-Mar-2001 10:29am  
I do think so, but not in the supernatural, pre-destined way that probably gets associated with the phrase a lot. I believe in free will, but I also believe that there is significance in the opportunities that are presented to us, and in the timing of those opportunities. Even if it is coincidental, there is significance, although that significance is what we make it. Does that make any sense? I guess I believe things happen when they do for a reason, but sometimes it's just that we happen to see that reason because we are in the right place in our lives to see it.
Jemmy
posted 2-Mar-2001 5:59pm  
Have you ever seen the movie "Final Destination"?
juliw
posted 2-Mar-2001 6:45pm  
Yes, I think everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, when bad things happen, it is really hard to figure out why. Also, I have had some things happen to me that seemed really bad at the time, only to discover later that it all worked out for the best.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 3-Mar-2001 6:15pm  
yes, i do
Nighthawk
posted 4-Mar-2001 7:23am  
Yes, for the most part although I also believe life throws in a few chance "asides" from time to time! I've been on this "thought loop" myself.. wondering about decisions I KNOW I have made... and then I come back to the idea..."Maybe I was "supposed" to make that decision". Many things in my life have been too..."coincidental" - certainly looks like someone planned most of it - (possibly due to my bad Karma in another life...!!).
jkiehart
posted 5-Mar-2001 1:58pm  
Hmm. I'd like to think so, but my opinion generally flip-flops from one day the next. But I will tell you this, all the bad things that have happened in my life have only eventually led to the betterment of my life.
KelBel
posted 6-Mar-2001 7:47pm  
I think maybe some things happen because they're meant to happen, but I also think that to a greater extent we control what happens. For example...if a person gets hit by a bus...I don't believe it was necessarily fate, but the fact that they weren't looking...
Mariah
posted 7-Mar-2001 4:27pm  
I really, really do. My personal motto is "If it's meant to be, it will be." Well, that's one of them.
Mariah
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 7-Mar-2001 4:29pm  
Yes, that makes perfect sense. What I would have liked to say, actually.
hildagard
posted 10-Mar-2001 12:33pm  
NO, NO, NO, and NO!!! If God said something, that is goind to happen, but if he didn't than we make our own decisions, based on the everything else.
anonymous
posted 11-Mar-2001 10:36am  
some things arent some things are..and some things are just coincedential happenings...know??
justjulie
posted 20-Mar-2001 1:04pm  
Definitely yes. I could share many examples in my life alone that is proof that things happen for a reason, however, I will not bore you with details.
I believe that our lives ARE predetermined.We are given numerous choices to affect which path we are on. Every day in fact we are faced with such choices...which route will I take to work? Should I or should I not sit next to that person on the bus? Do I rush to get out the door on time or do I be 10 minutes late?
It's all cause and effect, which is predertimined though.
shamusfion
posted 23-Mar-2001 7:45pm  
I believe that everything we think do or say is part of a plan something bigger and beyond our comprehension.
shamusfion
(reply to anonymous) posted 23-Mar-2001 7:48pm  
according to the tao, there are no coincidences.
Julia81
posted 20-Apr-2001 11:13am  
Sometime things happen to us and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles we would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower or heart.Everything happens for a reason.Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck.
Illness, injury, lost moments of true greatmess and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of our souls.
The people we meet who affect our lives, and the successes and downfalls our experience, create who we are and even bad experiences can be learnt from. If someones hurts, betrays you or breaks your heart, they helped us learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom we open out hearts to.
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