“Everything happens for a reason.” That this was something that had to happen in order for her to grow.

That’s the kind of bullshit that destroys lives. And it is categorically untrue.

I emerge from this conversation dumbfounded. I’ve seen this a million times before, but it still gets me every time.  I’m listening to a man tell a story. A woman he knows was in a devastating car accident; her life shattered in an instant. She now lives in a state of near-permanent pain; a parapleg…

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