Riddle About Fate

“Everything Happens for a Reason.”

Does that quote indicate a belief in Fate? Consider the following scenarios.

  1. Jay causes a traffic accident that severely wounds another driver and her child but spares Jay any injury and barely even damages his car. He is however arrested on suspicion of recklessness following an investigation of the accident scene. After a night in jail, Jay has to face his father, Zed, who has come to bail him out. Before he agrees to pay, Zed asks his son for an explanation. “Everything happens for a reason, son,” he says to Jay.
  2. Kay lies in her hospital bed clinging to life. She had been drinking heavily the night of the accident, while driving her daughter home. Deeply shamed by her behavior and buoyed by the outpouring of love and concern from her friends who visit her bedside, Kay reconnects with her life and family and resolves to quit her irresponsible behavior. Suffering intense pain from her injuries, she nevertheless tells her friend, “Everything happens for a reason.”
  3. Jay has no contact with Kay during her hospitalization, but the death of Kay’s daughter fills him with guilt and remorse. He sees the accident as an indictment of his recklessness but senses the hand of God at work in sparing him. He doesn’t change his behavior in any way, but ever after believes that whatever occurs in his life is God’s will, over which he has no control and for which he has no responsibility. “Everything happens for a reason,” is how he describes the human condition.
  4. Zed regrets having raised a son as irresponsible as Jay and resolves to do a better job with his daughter Dee. Together they form an organization called Teens at the Scene that promotes safe teenage driving, accident prevention, and emergency responsiveness. After years of labor, they take the group national, score big, and become very influential, as well as rich. Zed proposes a toast to their good fortune, but Dee replies, “Everything happens for a reason, Dad.”

Exercise

Regarding the four declarations that “everything happens for a reason,” in a Reply below,

  • Number your answers 1-4.
  • Identify which of the four declarations are expressions of a belief in fate.
  • For those that are not, describe what they do declare.

22 Responses to Riddle About Fate

  1. littlecow24 says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate, because it is Zed asking his son what happened, asking for an explanation. He believes something led to this accident.
    2. This is a belief in fate for Kay, she is taking it as a sign to stop her habits.
    3. This is a belief in fate for Jay, he sees him being spared from the accident as an act of fate but chooses to not act upon his spared life.
    4. This is not a belief in fate, because Dee is saying that their success did happen for a reason and they know exactly why they started the organization in the first place. Dee knows that it didn’t happen out of fate or luck but out of hard work.

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  2. toastedflatbread22 says:

    1. This is an expression of disappointment and a loss of words to explain the grief felt.
    2. This is an expression of positivity and looking on the bright side in a bad situation.
    3. This is an expression of passiveness in order to not have to make a change.
    4. This is more an expression of luck and gratitude than fate.

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  3. mossmacabre says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate. The father feels guilty that his son has caused a horrific accident, and is trying to mellow the situation by saying everything happens for a reason.
    2. This is a belief in fate.
    3. This is not a belief in fate, though Jay might say otherwise. He does not change his behavior, so saying that everything is God’s will is just another way to alleviate his guilt.
    4. This is a belief in fate.

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  4. minutemen14 says:

    1. This doesn’t point towards faith because the accident did not have anything positive come out of it and there really is no reason to say that everything happens for a reason. It feels like the phrase is said merely out of comfort to the situation.
    2. This feels like it is trying to convey fate as this accident gave her the wake up call she needed to quit her irresponsible actions and spend time with family.
    3. Jay does not show a feeling of fate. It feels like he is just trying to justify his actions and try to feel better about causing the death of another.
    4. This is alluding to fate because without the horrible accident they wouldn’t have acquired so much success and wealth.

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  5. ilovedunkinoverstarbucks says:

    1. This is not fate as he is the one that caused the accident so he was already putting himself in danger. However if the other people had come out with minimal injuries then it could be considered fate
    2. This is not fate because she put herself into that danger, she knew the risk of getting behind the wheel intoxicated and decided to take the risk anyway.
    3. While this could be seen as fate because he was able to walk away from the accident even though his daughter didn’t I believe it all comes down to house the accident happened. If he was recklessly driving and another car struck the side his daughter was on of course she is going to endure the more expansive injuries
    4.I believe this could be fate as they decided to make something good about their situation and it was fate that was able to make it big for them and reach lives all over the country

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  6. Lunaduna says:

    1. Is not a belief in fate. Zed questions Jay for his driving, thinking that something caused the accident.
    2. Is a belief in fate. Kay believes that the accident is a wake-up call to stop her irresponsible behavior.
    3. Is a belief in fate. Jay believes that God spared his life from the accident, but he is unwilling to change his behavior.
    4. Is not a belief in fate. Dee and Zed know exactly why they created the foundation. (After the accident.)

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  7. kingofcamp says:

    1. The first paragraph expresses a belief in faith.
    2. The second paragraph is a causal argument.
    3. The third paragraph uses religion as a poor excuse for being a reckless driver.
    4. In the fourth paragraph Dee suggests a cause and effect relationship.

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  8. gingerbreadman27 says:

    1:Declaration 1 is an expression of blame Jay must’ve done something to cause the accident.
    2: Declaration 2 is an expression of guilt that Kay did something to cause the accident.
    3: Declaration 3 is a belief in fate.
    4: Declaration 4 is an expression of praise for the hard work that Dee and Zed put in to achieve their goal.

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  9. levixvice says:

    Fate, as Jay caused the traffic accident through his reckless behavior.
    Fate, Her attitude changed after the accident to no longer drinking and caring more for her child.
    Fate: His guilt over the death of Kay’s daughter makes known God’s will over his fate.
    In Fate, Zed became more concerned about teenagers driving recklessly and created an organization to provide safety precautions for teenage driving and emergency accidents, which helped the organization grow and become influential in the nation.

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  10. zzbrd2822 says:

    1) This is not an expression of a belief in fate. Jay’s father is asking for an explanation for the accident, as there is a certain reason that causes an incident to occur.
    2) This is not an expression of a belief in fate. Kay is reflecting on how the consequences were due to her unsafe actions.
    3) This is an expression of a belief in fate because Jay believes that everything will happen as they are meant to regardless of his actions, so he will not change his reckless behavior.
    4) This is not an expression of a belief in fate because Dee is explaining to her father that their success was a result of their hard work.

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  11. friendoftacos says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate because the statement is only Jay’s father trying to understand what happened to Jay.
    2. This is a belief in fate because Kay believes that the accident happened to her for a reason. Kay believes this accident was put into her life to help her change her behaviors.
    3. This is not a belief in fate because Jay is using the statement as an excuse.
    4. This is a belief in fate because they believe that without the accident they wouldn’t have acquired their fortune without the accident.

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  12. Lily4Pres says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate, rather it is a ploy by Zed to get the truth from his son.
    2. This is a belief in fate, Kay is looking at the issues she has caused to herself and using these issues as motivation to strengthen/better herself.
    3. This is a belief in fate, he doesn’t believe he has any control over his life. Rather he believes everything is “God’s will.”
    4. This is not a belief in fate, seems like Dee is pointing towards the countless hours of work Zed has put in to his organization. Zed is reaping the fruits of his labor, not reaping the fruits of fate.

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  13. ziggy026 says:

    1. This isn’t a belief of fate because his father is asking for a reason why it happened, stating that everything happens for a reason including the accident so he. needs to provide an explanation.
    2. She believes this is fate
    3. This is a belief of fate because he believes everything will turn out the way it is supposed to even if it comes at a cost.
    4. It is a belief of fate because without the accident there wouldn’t be the effort to do more to encourage safer driving.

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  14. chickendinner says:

    1. Not a declaration of belief in fate. Zed is saying that Jay took an action with negative consequences, and must have had some reason for doing so.
    2. Decalaration of belief in fate.
    3. Decalaration of belief in fate.
    4. Not a declaration of belief in fate. Dee is saying that her and Zed’s accomplishments are the result of their own effort and dedication.

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  15. 1. No, his father is just trying to figure out what had happened
    2. This is a belief in fate because she is taking it as a sign to stop drinking and driving
    3. This is a belief in fate because he is saying he believes God spared him
    4. This is a belief in fate because they think that without the accident their organization would not be as successful

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  16. imaspookyghost says:

    this is not a belief in fate. Zed is simply asking for an explanation.
    this is a belief in fate for Kay beliefs that her life is gonna change for the better after a unfortunate event.
    this is a belief in fate, but its a belief that it wasn’t his fault.
    This is a belief in date, because dee believes that would not have happened if Jay didn’t get into an accident.

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  17. frogs02 says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate because the statement is only Zed trying to declare an explanation from his son.
    2. This is a belief in fate because she survived the heavily drinking accident. She had been drinking heavily the night of the accident while driving her daughter home. Fate kept her alive.
    3. This is a belief in fate because he sees the accident as an indictment of his recklessness but senses the hand of God at work in sparing him.
    4. This is not a belief in fate because it is an expression for all of their hard work, but it is not fate.

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  18. calamariii says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate, this is the father looking for an explanation on what happened to cause the crash from Jay.
    2. This is a belief in fate because she connects her new outlet on life as a chance given after the crash
    3. This is a belief of fate from Jay because he believes this was fated to happen so there wasn’t anything he could do about it.
    4. This is not a belief in fate, more of looking back on the reasons that got Zed and Dee to where they are

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  19. strawberryfields4 says:

    1. No, rather than a belief in fate, Zed is attempting to comfort his son’s conscience.
    2. This is fate, as Kay had to face terrible consequences for her actions, but ultimately had a change of heart caused by the accident. This change would not have happened without the accident.
    3. This is not fate, but rather Jay’s laziness and his attempt to justify this laziness.
    4. This is an example of a belief in fate. If the accident had ceased to happen, Zed would not have had this epiphany and he would not have been more diligent with Dee. One may say that the accident happened to result in this ultimately positive outcome.

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  20. sunshinegirl457 says:

    1) This isn’t a belief in fate because Zed is asking his son for an explanation. He’s implying there must been a reason this has happened, and is trying to get it out of Jay.
    2) This is a belief in fate.
    3) This is a belief in fate.
    4) This is not a belief in fate because Dee is suggesting one thing led to another, not that it was all written out in destiny to begin with.

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  21. kilotoon says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate, as his father asked him what had happened. The “everything happens for a reason” in this context indicates that the father meant that the accident had to happen due to the action of his son.
    2. This is a belief in fate as she believes this situation occurred as a sign for her to take a stand against her drinking problem.
    3. This is a not a belief in fate, as he is using that saying as an excuse to himself for the actions he is accused of, to make himself feel better.
    4. This is a belief in fate due to their lifestyle and organization wouldn’t be existent without the occurrence of the accident years before.

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  22. RowanAnnouncer says:

    1. This is not a belief in fate because the statement, “Everything happens for a reason, son,” is Zed trying to understand what happened with the accident by stating that there must have been a reason for it to occur.
    2. This is not a belief in fate because the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason,” refers to the starting point for a significant change Kay is implementing into her life because of her actions and how they not only influenced her, but her daughter as well.
    3. This is a belief in fate because the expression, “Everything happens for a reason,” is Jay sensing fate as the hand of God sparing him for some higher purpose. Jay continues to explain that fate will guide his actions for the rest of his life.
    4. This is a belief in fate because the revelation, “Everything happens for a reason, Dad,” refers to the trickling impact of the accident on Zed and his acknowledgment to change his parenting strategies, thus transforming his life as well as everyone he interacted with through the Safe Driving Organization.

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