“Positivity can be a negative,” I tell her, “if it’s used to diminish events that should be cause for concern. Saying ‘bad things happen to good people’ or “God doesn’t give anyone more than they can handle’, for instance, isn’t necessarily helpful to the person to whom something bad happened–it is much more beneficial to those who wish to be dismissive- who don’t really care to think about the why or how or who. And if we cease to see the real human part in events–if instead, we relegate human experiences to some sort of mystical concept like karma, destiny or everything happens for a reason, and consider more realistic views to be negative–then we diminish compassion and empathy, as well as the possibility of positive change.” ― Jane Devin, Elephant Girl: A Human Story