reply to post by kosmicjack
There is no easy, or correct, answer for your son.
His question is a culmination of everything that he has experienced and learned in his life up until this point... and to get to that question, it
sounds like he's been raised well.
Honesty seems to be the most important concept at play here.
Your son, by asking that question, is looking for the "reason" for existence... which I'm not sure that anyone has figured out, and likely never
will, because existence is about the journey... not the end point.
Throughout that journey, with knowledge and truth, your son may find many ways to interpret events within different contexts throughout his life
(religion, lack of religion another, spiritualism, ideology, etc...). None of which are inherently "bad or good", but each brings a unique
If your son can be honest and true to himself, it doesn't matter why a "bad or good" event may have happened. All that matters is that "good and
bad" do happen, and that he can have an effect either way depending on his stance.
The easy way out is replying with "if's..." (even this post does a couple of "if's".. everyone is looking for the easy way out... ;-j) and
answering his profound question with more questions (as many posts in this thread have done). Getting answered a question with a question, for people
at an age of discovery as your son is, almost always produces an unsatisfying response.
Questions such as his must be pondered and faced and re-asked throughout his life.
If he can be completely honest with himself and others, maybe he can be the one to answer that question for everyone in the world... especially for
many in the Philippines that are asking that exact question right now.
To be honest to your son, and more importantly, for your son to be honest with himself, the only possible answer is:
"I don't know".