Cary Tennis is columnist for Salon. His regular piece is called “Since you asked…”
So says Cary Tennis:
Some people say everything happens for a reason, some say God will sort it all out, and some say there’s no meaning at all and we just make up stories to comfort ourselves.
I think sometimes it’s all those things at once: Things happen for reasons but the reasons are perverse and obscure; God sorts it out but not exactly the way you expect or want, and even in this exquisitely ordered world we’re on our own in the bathtub, capable of drowning alone if we bump our head or drink too much gin. Order, chaos, madness, evil, redemption, all of it.