Posting an Essay I Wrote that Touches on the Problem of Suffering

Here’s a link to an essay I wrote about my favorite author, Franz Kafka. It has always been one of my issues- to try to make sense of the “problem of evil” or suffering in this world. Although there are many theodicies, nothing seemed to really click with me. However, through reading Kafka, I came to a realization that his suffering actually created beautiful art for others. And you may ask, is that really fair- why did he have to suffer just so I can enjoy his art? Or, why couldn’t his art have been created WITHOUT the suffering? Well, I believe it to be a yin-yang type of situation. You really can’t have one thing without the other. You can’t have good without bad, sweet without sour, up without down, black without white, etc. As much as we think that it is possible and desirable, it actually is not. Because without opposites, there is basically nothing. For example, if everyone is beautiful, then no one is beautiful. If you respect everyone without regard for anything, then you respect no one. I think you probably can see what I’m getting at. Anyway I’d appreciate any comments/criticisms about this essay: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd38bnwq_3f63znthf

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  11. Well wait a second here- the Cubs and the White Sox thing is not applicable—the Cubs shouldnt’ always have to be in the role of the perpetual lovable losers!

  12. The Universe always seeks balance. This is how things move smoothly.The Cubs lose, the White Sox win….balance. 🙂

  13. Yup. Makes sense. I’ll do what drives my wife crazy and analogize it to sports (because I’m a loser and my mind works that way).I can’t appreciate the joy of my team WINNING without the LOSING.As a Cub fan I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to appreciate winning.Schulte

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