Riddle about Fate

1. Jay causes a traffic accident which severely wounds another driver and her child but spares Jay any injury and barely even damages his car. He is however arrested on suspicion of recklessness following an investigation of the accident scene. After a night in jail, Jay has to face his father, Zed, who has come to bail him out. Before he agrees to pay, Zed asks his son for an explanation. “Everything happens for a reason,” he says to Jay.

2. Kay lies in her hospital bed clinging to life. She had been drinking heavily the night of the accident, while driving her daughter home. Deeply shamed by her behavior and buoyed by the outpouring of love and concern from her friends who visit her bedside, Kay reconnects with her life and family and resolves to quit her irresponsible behavior. Suffering intense pain from her injuries, she nevertheless tells her friend, “Everything happens for a reason.”

3. Jay has no contact with Kay during her hospitalization, but the death of Kay’s daughter fills him with guilt and remorse. He sees the accident as an indictment of his recklessness but senses the hand of God at work in sparing him. He doesn’t change his behavior in any way, but ever after believes that whatever occurs in his life is God’s will, over which he has no control and for which he has no responsibility. “Everything happens for a reason,” is how he describes the human condition.

4. Zed regrets having raised a son as irresponsible as Jay and resolves to do a better job with his daughter Dee. Together they form an organization called Teens at the Scene that promotes safe teenage driving, accident prevention, and emergency responsiveness. After years of labor, they take the group national, score big, and become very influential, as well as rich. Zed proposes a toast to their good fortune, but Dee replies, “Dad, everything happens for a reason.”

Exercise

Regarding the four declarations that “everything happens for a reason,”
in a Reply below,

  • First identify which of the four declarations are expressions of a belief in fate.
  • How would you describe those that are not?
  • Number your answers 1-4.

28 Responses to Riddle about Fate

  1. belladonna98 says:

    1. This is a declaration that expresses a belief in fate.
    2. This statement is not a belief in fate because it involves action on the part of the person who said it. People who believe wholeheartedly in fate think that they have no control over their lives, but Kay is taking control based on what has happened to her.
    3. This is a declaration that expresses a belief in fate.
    4. This is a declaration that something good can come from tragedy if someone does something about it. Again, action is taken, which shows a belief that we do have control over our lives. If Dee and Zed truly believed in fate, they would wait for something good to happen to them instead of making good happen themselves.

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  2. darnell18 says:

    1. This is not fate because the accident could have been avoided, had Jay not been driving recklessly. It is not like a tree or a telephone pole fell onto a car. But rather, Jay was driving distracted and could have avoided the accident. Fate did not affect his ability to focus on the road.

    2. Fate

    3. This is not fate, this is just ignorance. Taking somebody’s life and critically harming somebody else as a result of reckless driving is means to recognize and change the bad habit. If Jay cannot learn from a mistake that proved to be deadly, then nothing is left up to fate he is just being stubborn and ignorant, and using that phrase as an excuse.

    4. Fate

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  3. phillyfan321 says:

    1. I think this is declaration of faith because he is trying to be optimistic and maybe he could learn something about it.
    2. This is probably not a declaration of faith. Kay probably feels so upset by what she did and does not want to think that something good can come out of what she did.
    3. This is a declaration of faith because Jay realizes that he is a changed person and knows that something good came out of this.
    4.I do believe that this is a declaration of faith. They became rich for a good reason, because they helped a lot of people.

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  4. btb100 says:

    1. Is an expression of fate
    2. Is not an expression of fate because if she had not been drinking and driving this accident would have never occurred.
    3. Is an expression of fate
    4. is not an expression of fate because the two went out of there way to make good out of the mistakes they made.

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  5. lmj20 says:

    #1 is a declaration of a belief in fate.
    #2 is not a belief in fate. She says everything happens for a reason and that is why she is changing her behavior. It is not fate that is making her change her behavior it is the accident that she was in.
    #3 is a declaration of the belief in fate.
    #4 is not a declaration of a belief in fate. She is saying that everything happens for a reason and in that case the reason is not fate it is that the brother had gotten into a car accident before.

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  6. theshocker69 says:

    1) This is not an expression of a belief in fate. The exact meaning of this quote in this context is not fully understood. However, the father could be saying it is a good thing he is locked up and he is there for a reason, there was a reason he hit that car, or many other reasons.
    2) This is not an expression of a belief in fate. This is a sad quote spoken from a mother who is grieving the loss of her daughter and says this in an attempt to make herself feel better. Not an expression of a belief in fate.
    3) This is an expression of a belief in fate
    4) This is an expression of a belief in fate

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  7. childishharambe says:

    1. This could have been avoided being more cautious.
    2. Fate
    3. This could have been avoided if he recognized his reckless habits and was more aware of other drivers he is just immature and being ignorant.
    4. Fate

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  8. I believe 2 is identify the expression of a belief in fate.
    1.This is not fate , he got into an accident because he was being careless.
    3. Jay has no remorse whats so ever about what happen. he just think everything happens for a reason.
    4. this is fate

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  9. nyctime7 says:

    1. Not an expression of a belief in fate. I think Jay is simply using fate as an excuse for his accident.
    2. Expression of a belief in fate. Kay believes that her accident was fate’s way of getting her to quit drinking.
    3. Expression of a belief in fate. Jay believes that people can’t escape fate, and that our actions are already decided for us.
    4, Expression of a belief in fate. Dee believes that Jay’s mistakes paved the way for their family to be successful.

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  10. amazonite345 says:

    I believe number four is the only expression case from the paragraphs above that expresses a true belief in fate.
    1. The first paragraph tells the story of the accident and introduces the father, Zed, who pays bail for his son Jay. Zed agrees to only pay bail on the condition that Jay tells him everything that happened. By saying “everything happens for a reason,” Zed is likely trying to coax the full truth from his son by comforting him, assuring him that something positive will come of this.
    2. The second paragraph begins with Kay in the hospital recovering from her injuries, suffering all the while. While she may resolve to fix her life, her expression of a belief in fate is possibly just a coping method to deal with the loss of her daughter.
    3. Just like the example above, I believe that Jay is simply using the “everything happens for a reason” belief as a sort of excuse for his behavior. By absolving himself of responsibility, he is simply using this incident for his personal benefit, allowing himself to become worry-free as he continues life, blaming everything but himself for his actions.

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  11. collegekid9 says:

    1. This is an expression of fate.
    2. This is not an expression of fate because she was part of the problem. Never drink and drive.
    3. This is an expression of fate.
    4. This is an expression of fate. Although this problem started off bad, they turned it into something good and it became very successful.

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  12. dragon570 says:

    1) This is a belief of fate
    2)This ISN’T fate because she death of her child changes her lifestyle to not have this happen again.
    3) This isa belief of fate
    4) This ISN’T fate because Zed believe that he raised his son wrong and doesn’t want that to happen to his daughter. So, Zed comes up with an organization to help teach children about teenage driving.

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  13. socrateslee13 says:

    1. Jay barely may have any injuries or a damaged car, however this is not by fate because towards the end when Jay speaks with his father Zed, it is more so about drawing conclusions to what happen, then a belief in fate.
    2. This is a belief of fate
    3. After the event Jay dealt with and by turning to God but not changing his actions is not a belief in fate because Jay felt irresponsibility and his actions caused him to turn to God is somewhere to starting having faith. However he did not make a change in his actions to better himself, rather he accepts his irresponsibility and continues to be the way he is.
    4. This is a belief of fate

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  14. baritonemusicman says:

    1.It can not be called fate, when zed says everything happens for a reason its him asking for what the real cause of the accident was.
    2. Not Fate its more of a cause and effect
    3. Fate
    4. Fate Dee shows a belief in fate being responsible for the outcome of their work.

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  15. brobeanfarms says:

    1. Fate
    2. This is not a declaration of fate. Although everything may happen for a reason, fate is not what changes her behavior.
    3. Fate
    4. Fate

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  16. jsoccer5 says:

    1. This is not fate as he is looking for a conclusion as to why the accident happens and not saying this is fate to the fact that he got out the accident with very little injuries.
    2. This is not a belief of fate as it is more a cause and effect and not left up to fate, their is reasoning behind it.
    3. This is a belief of fate.
    4. This is a belief of fate.

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  17. beyonce1234 says:

    1. Fate
    2. Not fate because she chooses to drink and make to bad choices. If it were an accident, then it would be fate.
    3. Fate
    4. Not a belief of fate because hard work had go into their success. If there was no hard work, and they had success, then, yes, it would be a belief in fate. Dee means because they worked hard, success is the outcome.

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  18. tiggs18 says:

    1. This is a belief of fate.
    2. This is not fate. This could have been avoided perhaps if she was not heavily intoxicated with her child in the car with her.
    3. This is a belief of fate.
    4. This is not fate. This is just 2 people realizing that something went wrong and in a way try to send a message out in which they succeeded with.

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  19. 31savage says:

    1. Not fate, Jay seems to mock his fatherly giving him an answer that still didn’t explain the situation.
    2. Fate
    3. Fate
    4. Fate

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  20. edwardnihlman says:

    1. It is not fate, because when saying this, the father is looking for an explanation to why Jay drove under the influence. Fate would be believing that things are out of Jay’s control which is not the case here.
    2. It is not fate, because fate would be Kay believing that quitting her irresponsible behavior is out of her control, but instead she is actively choosing to stop as a result of what had happened.
    3. Fate
    4. Fate

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  21. anonymous says:

    1. This is not fate, jay does not learn anything from this incident.
    2. Fate
    3. Not fate, he makes no changes in his life other than a false belief that he was spared; but for what reason?
    4. Fate

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  22. philly321 says:

    1. Not fate. Jay’s response to his father is more about drawing a conclusion rather than fate itself. The story is more focused on a legitimate response from Jay.
    2. Not fate. Kay’s heavy drinking is the reason she is in the hospital. The fact that she is in the hospital is irresponsible and reckless. Fate is simply a way to help Kay cope with the heightened severity of the situation.
    3. Not fate. He is simply using fate as an excuse for his reckless behavior. His behavior is unhealthy and he needs to get help. God cannot help him if he is not willing to help himself.
    4. This is fate because their good will paid off in the long run.

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  23. scarletthief says:

    1.Fate
    2.Not Fate, Kay was drunk and was unable to properly react during the accident. Jay was not incapacitated in any way, but Kay was. It isn’t fate that she change her outlook on life or her behavior, it is simply one of the ways people who have been in accidents react.
    3.Fate
    4.Not Fate, it was only after years of labor, that they became as well known as they did. I don’t think “fate” made them famous and successful, but their own efforts that were supplied by their determination to keep accidents like Jay’s from ever happening. If they didn’t work hard, this wouldn’t have happened.

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  24. thathawkman says:

    1)Fate
    2)Fate
    3)Fate
    4) This is not a declaration of fate moreover a belief that their drive and actions led them to become so influential. Instead of believing fate led them to their results, it was the effort that pushed them

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  25. wvuhockey says:

    1.not fate
    I’m sure Jay did not crash into the lady on purpose. He had no intention on harming those people. Accidents happen all the time. I believe this is a cause of fate because he did not go out of his way to harm those people. It just happened.
    2. not fate
    3. fate
    4. fate

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  26. thesilentbutdeadlycineman says:

    1.Fate
    2.Fate
    3.Not Fate- The accident did not change Jay’s behavior.
    4.Not Fate- It was Zed’s choice to be different with his daughter.

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  27. yankeeskid6 says:

    1. This is not fate he was being reckless and careless, just by him saying everything happens for a reasons does not mean he truly believes it.
    2. Fate- it showed her what she was doing wrong so she could fix her problems for not only her but also her family.
    3. not fate just ignorance
    4. fate- messed up in parenting once needed a sign for him to do a better job.

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  28. aaspiringwriter says:

    1. Fate
    2. This is not fate. It could have been avoided if she wasn’t drunk.
    3. Fate
    4. Fate

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