I love having books influence my blogging, it’s so much fun! The book of the day is Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. In short, it’s about a little boy, Tony, and an herb woman named Ultima, and Tony’s experience growing up and all the philosophical and religious questions he has. So naturally, it makes for excellent blogging material on a mainly philosophizing blog. The biggest question Tony has is why does God allow bad things to happen?? In short, why do the bad guys win and the good guys lose?? On a less philosophical/religious approach to this question, check out my friend’s blog http://theacrimoniousphysicist.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/the-losers-and-the-cheaters/
Okay, the basic answer to this question would be that life isn’t fair. But I mean, that doesn’t really satisfy us. We’ve heard since we were little that life isn’t fair, we even hear it in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie from Snape (“Life isn’t fair, Potter. Your blessed father knew that. In fact, he frequently saw to it.”). So yes, we hear “life isn’t fair so just suck it up and deal with it” A LOT. But still, we ask why not.
Okay, here’s the part about karma. As teenagers, we really want to believe in karma. I mean, we see it on facebook a ton, “I would take revenge on you, but I’m just going to let karma take care of you.” It’s actually kind of sad that we would take a part of the Hindu faith and turn it into something everyday, making it jaded and commonplace. It really is kind of sad, especially since we use it in the “nature taking revenge on people who deserve it” type of way, which, at least to my knowledge, isn’t quite the truth. But I’m not an expert.
Still, it is an unprecedented truth that life isn’t fair. Good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. Why is that? From a more religious standpoint, we ask, how can a God that is so good let so much evil exist in the world? I know people that aren’t Christian, and that is their major stumbling block. Life isn’t fair. There is evil in the world that is so dark sometimes. Horrible, awful things happen to good, innocent people. Think of the incident in Aurora, Colorado. Those people didn’t deserve to get shot. It just isn’t fair, and we don’t understand how there could be a god that is pure, good, righteous, and more importantly, looking out for us. We can say that maybe there is a god that likes people, but that that god doesn’t decide to act on that. The crazy part is that this simple belief is keeping people from the love of God. This simple belief is keeping people in the dark, and it pains me to hear people say that they don’t think God doesn’t act on his love.
I believe that there is darkness in the world for a very specific purpose. There is darkness in the world so that we could know better what the light looks like. Think about it. Just like the aliens in A Wrinkle in Time who never knew what sight was; if we didn’t have a dark, we wouldn’t appreciate the light. If we didn’t have the cold winter, we wouldn’t appreciate the warmth and beauty of spring and summer. I could make a million analogies here. But there is evil in the world so that we would know and appreciate the God that is perfect. We are imperfect, and thus have to rely on His perfection. The world is full of evil, because in reality, we’re longing for heaven. We’re longing for that beautiful state of perfection and bliss, and the darkness in our world helps to remind us of that. It keeps heaven in our hopes. I mean, you could go the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” route, but it doesn’t really explain why there is darkness in the world. I say that the darkness helps us to see the light. It helps us to remember that we were made for the light, not for the evil of this world. Don’t get me wrong, this world is beautiful. This world we live in is purely amazing, a work of the genius hands of God. But what’s even more amazing about it is that it comes nowhere near the perfection we’ll find in heaven.
p.s. sorry, the title was a bit misleading. I was just thinking, and I started with what I had at the beginnig of this blog, and went through what came into this blog, then my thoughts went back to karma and went a completely different rout, so I thought I’d make that other branch tomorrow’s blog, and make it a series!