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Wednesday, 8 December 2021
The Mystery of Evil
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by Theodore Dalrymple

My discussion with the Catholic Current:

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Posted on 12/08/2021 7:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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8 Dec 2021
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We are not born self-confident, our initial learnings relate to dependence on others, mothers most often. As an organism we seek survival and thrival and are genetically guided to strival by and with resources in our environment. When those resources are sensed as being threatened or denied us, we react to survive. A powerful recognized resource is having a preferred, or favored, status with a protective or nurturing entity — God, for example. As a first example, when Cain interprets God’s favoring Abel’s gift to God, Cain does his simple (worst) best to establish the favored position with God by removing the rival, Abel. Cain’s logical survival decision, based in ignorance of effective alternatives and probable consequences from an all-knowing God,and fear for self- survival, result in what we term evil, as murder. // Who or what’s to blame? Is adequate remorse possible? Who is the appropriate entity to, if desired, offer forgiveness for this sin of evil? Abel? God? Cain, for his attempt at self-sustenance via murder of some Other? God marks Cain and sets him wandering. When Cain knocks on your door seeking rehabilitation, how will you respond to this representative of your forgotten darkness. Mystery? What mystery? Ego leads to greed for more than our fair share, to protect against loss of things and self. As the saying goes, “When Greed corrupts, Power allows Cruelty to erupt.”


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