P: It's like what they say, "Everything happens for a reason."
B: Oh boy.
B: I've always hated that quote.
P: Wait, why?
B: The quote implies that every bad thing is supposed to happen. That every bad thing serves a greater purpose. That it's all part of "God's wonderful plan."
P: And you disagree?
B: Well, if that quote is true, it suggests that some men are supposed to rape. That some women are supposed to cheat on their husbands. That some kids are supposed to be abandoned by their fathers. Hell, I once drove my car into a giant mound of dirt because I was singin' Backstreet Boys out loud and lost sight of the road. Do you think that was part of God's plan?
P: Haha. No.
B: The truth is, I don't disagree with the quote. Everything really does happen for a reason. And sometimes the reason is...
P: We're stupid?
B: E X A C T L Y. Don't get me wrong. I do believe that God can take our stupid mistakes and use 'em for good. But the truth of the matter is, you don't have to murder to know murdering is wrong. And I don't need to leave my wife to realize her value. Those are decisions we make because we stop listening. Because we stop learning.
P: Hmm. I'm glad we had this conversation.
B: Well, it's like what they say, "Everything happens for a reason."