On Suffering

Not all suffering is caused by acts of “evil.” Suffering can just as easily occur because of love. And nobody lives without suffering imposed on them by nature itself.

Whether anything is objectively “good” or “bad” depends on how it’s seen through the eyes of God. If God doesn’t exist, then there is no objective standard—only our own subjective standard. But even if the objective standard is determined by God, we still have to figure out what that standard is through our own subjective experience.

The result is that we each have our own moral compass. Emotions are involved, but it’s not entirely emotional. Logic is involved, but it’s not entirely logical. There’s a lot of overlap in our individual views of morality, but there’s plenty of differences too.

My subjective experience tells me that suffering isn’t inherently good or bad. Some suffering seems necessary. The cause of the suffering and the degree of the suffering matter.

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