Philosophy Topic 3: Natural & Man-made Suffering

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  • Philosophy Topic 3: Natural & Man-made Suffering
    • Natural Suffering
      • People can only prepare for natural suffering as they're unpreventable - like building earthquake-proof buildings or flood control
        • Caused by natural events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, or droughts
      • God is to blame for natural suffering:
        • If God really created the Earth then why did he create it with flaws & disasters?
        • Not Omnipotent, Omniscient, or Benevolent
        • If God is so powerful, then why did he not make a perfect world without any disasters?
      • God isn't to blame for natural suffering:
        • God is not to blame for weather conditions - it is a scientists job to fortify earth to avoid future suffering
      • Boxing day 2004 - tsunami kills over 200,000 in 11 countries - one third were children
        • Survivors lose homes & jobs
        • Sea water damaged the ecosystem, freshwater supplies, & the soil
    • Man-made Suffering
      • Caused as a result of people acting in a way that hurts themselves or other people
        • Accidental - killing someone in a car accident (caused by laziness, thoughtlessness, or ignorance)
        • Deliberate - Rape, murder, & mental/verbal/physical abuse (caused by hatred, greed, jealously, or selfishness - anything with full self-awareness)
          • People have free will - they can choose how to behave
      • God is to blame for man-made suffering:
        • Why did God not make humans perfect so that they do good instead of evil?
        • If God is good, why does he not stop people from making choices that hurt others?
      • God isn't to blame for man-made suffering:
        • Human freedom is part of our nature, just as earthquakes are a part of earth
        • People can think logically, can make decisions between right & wrong, & can feel responsibility for others- they're not robots that are planned to do good, therefore they may make mistakes

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