I needed to take a little time to clear my head before heading out to the Think Tank for our weekly Philosophical Exercise. The Deep Thoughts needed some space to bounce around, and there was too much nonsense cluttering up my mind.
While this is a humor blog, things do get a bit serious on Friday nights when we gather to get Philosophical. I think it’s good to change things up a little, and this blog’s goal is to inspire both laughter and Deep Thoughts.
Of course, there’s also a financial reason for the more serious posts. The blog’s two main sponsors are The Doc Brown Charitable Foundation and The Trust For The Furthering Of Philosophical Thinking. Doc could care less what I blog about, but the folks who write the checks for the Trust insist upon at least on deeply profound Philosophical post a week.
That’s why I started the Friday Night Think Tank.
So let’s keep the sponsors happy and show them exactly how deep our thoughts can get…
This week’s topic: Do the tragedies that seem to constantly be in the news prove that a Higher Power does not exist? How could a “God” allow so many horrible things to happen to the people “He” created?
First off, I’m not trying to offend by putting “God” and “He” in quotes, but rather trying to make it clear that I’m not assuming that the higher power I was raised to believe in is the only one out there. This question is meant to include any higher being in which anyone reading this post might believe.
I was raised Catholic. It was made clear to me that God created everything, and that He was the power behind anything and everything that happened in the world.
When I was a kid in Catholic School, trying not to piss off The Nuns, accepting this idea of the Omniscient, All Powerful God made perfect sense.
As an adult, however, I have to believe that such a God could not exist. If He did, then He would be the one responsible for planes begin shot down, crashing, and vanishing off the face of the earth. He would be the one behind every school shooting, child murder, and terrorist attack. This God would be to blame for monsoons, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes and all other appropriately named “Acts of God” that take lives and wipe out entire villages.
I pray that such a God does not exist because if He did, that would be sick and twisted.
I’m not very religious anymore. I haven’t been to church in ages, but I still say my prayers every night before bed. I suppose this means I do believe in a Higher Power of some sort. I guess I’m not not just ready to accept that we just ended up here randomly and that no one is watching over us like some giant lifeguard in the heavens.
When I do say my prayers, I always ask for all the senseless tragedy to end. For the world to be a safer, less terrifying place. It is a little scary to realize that just about anything could happen to you or someone you love at any given moment. I have to believe that there is some Master Plan, some logic to it all, a Deeper Meaner for why so many lives are snuffed out in such extraordinary ways.
Why can’t we all just die of natural causes? How is it decided that someone is going to get on a plane and never be seen again? What’s the reasoning behind that?
I don’t understand, and I don’t expect I ever will. It just makes me question, however, if anyone up there is at the controls. Is life just some giant board game? Did a higher power just roll a 20 sided die, and the outcome cause a monsoon to rise out of the sea and kill thousands of innocent people?
How can there be a God if bad things continue to happen to large numbers of good people?
I’m really eager to read your Deep Thoughts on this one, Modern Philosophers. Tonight, my prayers will go out for those who lost their lives in the latest tragedy.
I just don’t know if anyone in a position to do anything about it is listening to my prayers…