The difference between a cause and a reason.

The reasons and causes are spoken of when they analyze the events that have occurred or someone's actions. However, concepts are often confused, and things are not called by their proper names. To avoid misunderstandings, it is important to know how the reason differs from the excuse.


Reason is what causes different phenomena or actions to take place. Other phenomena or any circumstances can act as a cause. Causes can also have a preventive effect on the course of events, that is, to prevent the occurrence of phenomena or the commission of actions.

A reason is a pretext, an incentive to initiate any action. In some cases, the reason, like the reason, becomes the reason for inaction.


Of the two concepts, "cause" is much deeper and more extensive. The difference between a cause and a reason lies in the fact that the first is something solid, often independent of the person himself. The reason is characterized in a certain sense by constancy. And there is not one reason, but another, for something to happen that should happen. Figuratively, the occasion can be compared with a spark from which a flame flares up.

An unexpected circumstance or even a word can become an occasion. It often happens that a person has good reasons for taking some action, but he does not do anything, because he is waiting for a suitable occasion. That is, an occasion can be called a case used for a specific purpose.

The reason is superficial and obvious. The reason is not always in plain sight. Sometimes it is very difficult to get to the bottom, that is, to the reasons that caused this or that event. This requires reflection, analysis. The real reasons for actions are often hidden, and the reason is called as an excuse or excuse.

To make it clearer what is the difference between a cause and a reason, we will give a few examples. So the man caught a cold. The reason for this could be being in the rain or eating ice cream. The reason is the general weakening of the body, which is present at the moment.

Another example. One of the spouses did not remove his clothes. A quarrel broke out. The very fact that the required action has not been taken can be called a pretext. The reason lies in the irritation that has accumulated between the spouses. The behavior of people suffering from alcoholism is also indicative. Addiction is a reason that prompts a person to use any reason to drink alcohol again.