In the journey of life, we encounter many different experiences. We experience many bitter and sorrowful moments,but there are many cheerful and jovial moments as well. However, are we destined to come across these experiences or does everything happen by sheer coincidence? I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and that we are destined to fulfill a particular purpose in life.This topic has been discussed by many significant philosophers, one being the well-renowned Aristotle.The theory which eludes to how everything happens for a reason was also studied by another ancient philosopher, Democritus, where he explained that everything happens for a reason in a metaphysical perspective. Many different religions such as Christianity and Hinduism also believe that everything happens for a reason. Numerous incidences and theories developed by several philosophers reinforce the concept which affirms that the worst things that happen to you are meant to make you the best person you can ever be!!    “Nature does nothing uselessly,” was a quote said by Aristotle. He was a philosopher who argued his point using the contradictory topics of ideality and diagnosis. While many people blame their luck and chance for everything that happens, Aristotle discussed the profound significance of life. Aristotle was a man who argued that all of us have a purpose in life and everything happens for a reason which will consequently lead us to fulfilling that purpose. This philosopher believes that “Eudaimonia” is what is aimed for in life. Eudaimonia is the happiness and flourishing found in life that one hopes in achieving which is perceived differently to each and every person. In other words, rationality and excellence is our purpose in life. Aristotle also believes that every experience that we encounter is designed to shape you into the best person you can imagine yourself to be and that you are destined to fulfill a purpose in life. Even for every negative experience in regards to the suffering and agony that we encounter in life,it may be a great sign which is warning us to change ourselves to be a better human being.    Democritus was a philosopher who focused primarily on the study of metaphysics and had a unique perspective about life.This philosopher had a materialistic point of view to explain many supernatural questions, one being the question about if everything happens for a reason. Democritus believed that everything happens according to the movement of atoms and particles, thus happening for a reason. After hearing this statement, people started to question why these particles move this way and Democritus had an answer for this too. He believed that atoms are destined to move a certain way due to the laws of natural cause and that god is the one who determines these movements. However, many other philosophers argued that “god” or “fate” does not exist so Democritus brought up another argument. He brought up the topic that every action happens due to the deterministic laws of the behaviour of atoms and that every action that occurs is the consequence of an action that took place in the past. To reinforce this statement, Newton’s second law also supports this argument because it states every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Determinism is the philosophical topic that states that every action that takes place is inevitable and that everything is already decided during the origin of the universe. Upon examining these points, Democritus had stated that it was pure ignorance for someone to believe that everything happens by chance since everything always had its purpose.   Many religions have the belief that everything happens for a reason. Religious books like the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagavad Gita have many verses and lines stating that everything happens for a reason. Many of these contexts are based on god and religion, but all of these quoted verses have significant meaning. The Ecclesiastes 3 section of the Bible, verses 1:15 really capture the essence of how everything happens for a particular reason. The verses state “Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.  He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up,  the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing,  the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing and the time for not kissing.  He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away,  the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace.  What do we gain from all our work?  I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us.  He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift. I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him.Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.”This excerpt from the Bible enlightens us on the belief that god has already designed everything which is essential to take place in our lives, thus it is the inevitable. In the Quran, verse 51 states:”Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.” (Original form is written in Arabic)This verse states that we are all destined to live a life that has already been written by god (i.e. fate) and also reinforces the primary argument. The last extract is from the Bhagavad Gita:”?? ??? ????? ???, ?? ?? ??? ?? ????? ?? ??? ??, ?? ???? ????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ?? ??? ?? ????, ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ?? ????? ?? ???, ???? ??????? ??? ???? ????”Translation: “Whatever happened in the past, has happened for the good; Whatever is happening, is happening for the good; Whatever shall happen in the future, shall happen for the good only. Do not weep for the past, do not worry about the future, concentrate on your present life.”This quotation from the Bhagavad Gita states that we are destined to live a good life and that the “Almighty” will only create the necessary circumstances to shape us into good human beings to fulfill a particular purpose in life in spreading positive thoughts and joy. This context promotes the belief that everything that happens is only for the betterment of humanity, nothing else, nothing more. When considering all of these religious contexts, we can see that god has already destined our fate and everything that happens is only to shape us to be the best person we can ever be. Many have this celestial belief that god is controlling everything, thus if there is control, there must be a reason behind everything.    In conclusion, there is a distinct reasoning behind everything that happens. It merely takes us more time than others to understand why everything happens. Philosophers from Aristotle to Democritus have fought for the reasoning for this using many metaphysical elements in life and discussing what creates a purpose in life. Many cultures in society also have many significant reasons as to the reason behind everything in life. With all of this information put forward, I believe that everything happens for a reason which will make us a pure soul. The next time you feel rejection from something good, it is actually a redirection to something way better!

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