Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Various Reasons For Suffering

MYTH
There is plenty of gratuitous evil, i.e., purposeless suffering

Some suffering is brought on directly by our free choice (gluttony can result in obesity), some suffering is caused indirectly by free choice (sloth can result in poverty), some physical evil to others can result from free choice (spouse or child abuse), other people suffer indirectly because of our free choice (alcoholism can lead to poverty of one's children), some physical evil may be a necessary byproduct of a good process, some physical evil may be a necessary condition for attaining a greater moral good, some physical suffering may be a necessary condition of a greater moral good, and some physical evil is a necessary attribute of a morally good physical world.