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As life is a part of death. From this, can't it be said too that people are placed in our life for a reason?

There are certain people that are placed in our life for a reason. As she saved his life when he was a child, didn't he also save her at the end of her life by being there for her too?

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    Feb 14 2013: I don't know if people are placed, they place themselves. And I think it is for a reason, they have either a conscious or subconscious relation to us.
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    Feb 14 2013: It's a matter of belief. Many believe in the act of Karma - what goes around... comes around!
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    Gail . 50+

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    Feb 14 2013: I see a huge gap in your reasoning. There's a mega untested assumption there.

    I happen to believe that the right people appear at the right time, but if you take my philosophy to its roots, it denies the existence of a God who places the right person in the right place at the right time. No one is "placed". For this reason, many will disagree with your reasoning.
  • Feb 14 2013: by whom? Bad things happen to good people, and they can cause real consternation.
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    Feb 17 2013: "Man is not born for the sake of himself but for the sake of others." ~ Swedenborg ~ from par. #406 in
    http://sites.google.com/site/liveitupspiritually/home/writings/True%20Christian%20Religion%2001.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1

    There is no such thing as chance. Whatever happens in our life happens for a reason. What happens gives us a chance to become better people, depending how we react to it.

    The two extremes of what can happen to us, is that the good happens from His will. While the worst that could happen to us, is from His permission. There are also reasons for the timing of our death.

    Obviously there is a whole lot more to this than one sentence can say.
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    Feb 14 2013: I do not believe in such fatalism with a purpose. People come and go in our lives in random combinations and we take chances on each of them randomly and only the ones that add meaning and value to our lives survive the tests so that they appear to be profoundly placed for a reason.
    Human relationship, like any other complex system show attributes like emergence, self similarity and pseudo purposeful evolution.
    • Feb 17 2013: Pabitra, I would love further clarification. Is an example of pseudo purposeful evolution culture and memes that change faster than evolutionary variation? Is self similarity the same as fractals and are you referring to the non scalability of relationships?
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        Feb 18 2013: More or less, yes. Human relationship, IMO, is a hugely complex system that starts from a quntum separation of a baby's mind from mother's and goes on to evolve with numerous inputs of the conscious self that makes a connectome of a person. From system's point of view it is complex as it impacts on external and being impacted on internally by the same external. The evolutionary traits of human relationship is apparent in multitudes of connections that mind makes, creating new pathways with every interactions and testing those with emotions and logic such that only those remain that the mind values. In a sense, it is survival of the most valuable. Cultures and societies live and die almost on the same analogy. Hence memes, just like genes.
        The logical corrolary is : as bilogical evolution has no purpose other than propagation of genetic code, human relationship does not, IMO, have any other purpose than creating connections.
        Like any complex system it should show emergence and self similarity too. Fractal non-scalability is certainly another possible attribute.
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    Feb 14 2013: There is a thread either ongoing or just closed that may interest you. The questioner asks "Why were you born?" and people offer the way they think about this question.