Hello Suffering?

“In a game of chess you can make certain arbitrary concessions to your opponent, which stand to the ordinary rules of the game as miracles stand to the laws of nature. You can deprive yourself of a castle, or allow the other man sometimes to take back a move made inadvertently. But if you conceded everything that at any moment happened to suit him–if all his moves were revocable and if all your pieces disappeared whenever their position on the board was not to his liking–then you could not have a game at all.

So it is with the life of souls in a world: fixed laws, consequences unfolding by casual necessity, the whole natural order, are at once the limits within which their common life is confined and also the sole condition under which any such life is possible.

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.” from The Problem Of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Perhaps it is not so much the suffering but the extent of the pain, the reason behind it, and the person causing it.

The “weather” outside is . . . 🙂

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