I’m a big believer in needing to experience something before truly understanding it. Little 5 year old me had to try broccoli before I knew it tastes amazing with some cheddar cheese on it, 14 year old me had to try plain broccoli in order for me to realize I love broccoli no matter how it’s cooked. Thinking along those same lines you need to experience the good and the bad in order to understand the difference and work towards what you want/ what will make you happy.
Little 9 year old me had to attend a private religious school and believe in God in order for 10 year old me to decide that religion wasn't for me. With that said, if I had never attended another private school when I was in high school and found it incredibly difficult to make new friends, I never would have realized how much I loved the public high school I attended and how lucky I was to find friends like the ones I had there. If only good existed then the reasons I am the person I am today would never of happened, I don’t think any of us would be the same if we never experienced hard times. I think many people would agree that after we go through difficult times we usually think we learned something from it. Maybe evil is needed for the human race to evolve.
Bare with me since I’m not a theist or a philosophy major.
1. An all loving, omnipotent God exists2. An all loving God would create the best world for us
3. What’s best for us isn't only experiencing good
4. Therefore, God has to allow evil to exist
This is a response to the general idea that God would never allow a world (like ours) with so much evil to exist (which I previously held prior to this class). Another thought that I have regarding this is that if we were all happy all the time then there wouldn't be a strong meaning to life. If we were all happy there would be nothing for us to look forward to or to work towards. If there was no evil then everyone’s lives would be the same amount of good, and with that I could claim they would be the same amount of happy. Life would be one boring dry flatland.
If I change my perspective and look at this through the eyes of psychology I can come up with a few reasons why the absence of good must exist. I think about what I know about how people bond with one another. I’ve learned that people tend to create stronger bonds while sharing common dislikes or complaints than they do while sharing common likes. I know that when I go through hard times I turn towards my friends more than I do when I go through good times. Maybe the existence of evil has to do with forming strong relationships with our community.
I’m having a hard time figuring out what direction to actually take this paper in.