We have all heard the truism, "Everything happens for a reason." And the reason is always what happened just before the thing that happened happened. You had the wreck because you were texting, or the other driver was, for example. Not so that something could happen that would not have happened if you hadn't had the wreck. What happens happens because it is the result of something, not so that it will cause something. Whatever it causes to happen happens not as the result of what happened but as the result of everyone who is impacted response to what happened. A particular circumstance may cause 10,000 responses to the circumstance. The ripples go out eternally forever. The world is still feeling the impact of my birth, and yours. And so with everything that has ever happened. Cause-and-effect is effect-causing-causes-causing-effects throughout the ages with no end ever. Everything that happens calls for something to happen in response to what happened, etc., ad nauseam. "Why did this happen to me?" "It depends on what you do with what happened." What we do with what happens to us makes all the difference. We all are still working out the implications our birth--in the time and place, context and circumstances, of our birth-- had for us and the world at large. Nothing is ever finished. Everything is always the cause of something else. Our stories are being told forever, expanding, enlarging, world without end, always being continued through all the generations yet to be.