There were several responses to yesterday’s post that touched on BIG ISSUES. That’s one of the things I like best about the interactivity of blog-world. It is sometimes an extended issues panel dedicated to the exploration of essential philosophical questions. I’m going to ask some of you to suspend disbelief willingly for the sake of examining a question. Let’s assume God exists, just as a hypothetical construct, in order to frame this examination. Why would God allow all the terrible, unjust, unfair things that happen to innocent people? Though my position on it is hard to elaborate properly, my answer to that question is simple. In order for humans to exist with Free Will, it is necessary to accept the existence of evil, injustice, ignorance and suffering. The conditions (or being) responsible for our creation would have to REQUIRE the enforcement of freedom of choice.
It takes a lot of love to allow freedom, total freedom, including the freedom to do the wrong thing. This is the freedom we must have (as an entire species) in order to grow properly, learn properly, and fulfill our best potential. We must be allowed to make mistakes. We cannot learn unless we are free to do the wrong things, and create negative, terrible consequences that make the lessons unforgettable. This is what will happen when you do not share your resources with the weak. This is what will happen when you acquire wealth and power by force. This is what will happen when you rule without wisdom. This is what will happen when you pretend that a world with an undeniable million shades of gray is only black & white, us or them, conservative or liberal, sinner or saved, gay or straight, rich or poor, worthy or unworthy. You can lie to yourself and to others, but it WILL cost you.
Within the hypothetical I proposed, try to imagine how much trust and love would be required to allow humans total freedom in which to become all they might be. You would have to have endless patience, and endless time to wait for things to get sorted out. You would have to be a bigger person than most I have met or heard of. There’s a lot I have to learn about God, including the answer to whether God exists. I’m pretty comfortable with not knowing because like everyone else, I’m dying to find out but I’m in no hurry to die – to find out. However, I believe that whatever caused us (in total and originally) to come into existence, is 100% behind the creation of, and in favor of Free Will for all humans. If you have a better argument for why evil exists, I would sure love to hear it. To me, it’s the cost of doing cosmic business.
Free Will does not mean you get to do whatever you want. As you learn, you learn responsibility. You create your own support system by empowering those around you. You support those in your system when they are in need, and they in turn support you when you are in need. The most outwardly “helpless” of those I care for are providing me with important energy for my spirit by giving my activities a positive purpose and meaning. This is as great a service they provide to me as any I can provide for them. Giving is giving, and the boundaries between whether the sharing is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual are fluid and illusory. Life exists as energy. It isn’t contained within the realm of matter. It is a network of invisible circuitry.
If I die today, my story will continue to be written,
because it is not mine alone. It is your story, too.