The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True - 11. Why Do Bad Things Happen? Summary & Analysis

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11. Why Do Bad Things Happen? Summary and Analysis

It seems unfair to many of us that bad things happen to good people. Myths have developed across the world to explain tragedies like death and disease. It was once thought by Hippocrates that earthquakes were a large cause of disease. Many other superstitious theories involving sickness are still taken seriously by people today. In reality, the question of why bad things happen to good people does not make sense to ask. There is a popular idea that everything happens for a "reason" or "purpose," which is utter nonsense. We also believe in things like the Law of Averages, but tend to misapply their logic. The universe doesn't have any sort of conscious mind, and things simply happen because they happen. The entire range of living creatures on Earth is designed to survive...

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