The Problem of Evil

The nature of evil itself has puzzled many philosophers. Do we create it, or does it define one boundary of our consciousness? Perhaps both, simultaneously. Can it be considered to exist as an independent cosmological force, or is it an aspect of all others? Again, the distinction may not be necessary, insofar as all things intersect with all other things. The world is hardly so discrete as we may like to think.

More important, perhaps, than cosmological considerations is the existence of evil on a human scale. Does its existence create the possibility of virtue? Would such a thing imply that evil is good, creating a philosophical contradiction? I prefer to think of evil as parasitic, feeding upon us and multiplying in the blind shadows of our conscious and subconscious minds. But like the rest of creation, it must be considered to be justified by the will of a merciful God.


A Fiery Likeness