I’m giving both sides of the abortion debate, in their fiery fervor, a cold bath of reason.
Come swim under the ice and see this important issue in a new and clear light.
The problem of evil is often tackled via a free will defense. But isn’t there free will in heaven also? If so, why aren’t we already there? If not, what is its value?
The notion of free will must be rightly understood if this puzzle is to be solved.
This universe is not our true home. Why then are we here? If men live only one life as Christianity affirms, then perhaps this is a natural place to get one’s eternal life started.
If, however, as I think, there is something to the doctrines of metempsychosis and suchlike, then we must admit that the main answer is to improve in all of our faculties.
But in that case, this universe is somewhat of a simulation: a boot camp for both the soul and the body.
Socialism is an unnatural attempt to change the entire world into an enforced universal egalitarian slavery.
It bears no relation to ancient tribal equality which was a legitimate and essential economic stage.
Socialism tries to realize envy, which can be primitive or more sophisticated; but it’s destructive in both guises.
The philosopher Todd May is right that human extinction would be a tragedy, though not for the reasons he gives.
Contra May, the destruction of the human race would be the worst possible thing this universe could experience.
Finally, animal suffering, which for May constitutes a reason to welcome our demise, (1) is largely irrelevant, (2) is justified, and (3) would not diminish, and might even increase, even if the human race came to an end.
St. Thomas locates the essence of happiness in an activity, and the essence of perfect happiness in the activity of the intellect at contemplating God “seen in His essence.”
The enjoyment of happiness is for him a proper accident, i.e., a common though not essential property of it.
But does that neglect our “trinities within”? And wouldn’t it follow from this opinion that a man who was seeing God but did not enjoy it would still be happy?
Though the fallen angels have been driven from heaven, their nature remains uncorrupt. Now every creature in its pure state loves God who is lovable essentially. Hence, demons love God at least as their Creator.
Human nature, on the other hand, is wounded in general; and many particular humans are sinners and may not even believe that God exists. But human saints at least, too, love God.
Why then are demons and men locked in a merciless battle? Wasn’t it the same God whom we love who created both our kinds?