Philosophy Journal the Second

Satisfactory Essays
The Problem of Evil

“Evil is a problem because if God is omnibenevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent, then God ought to be able to prevent evil from happening in the first place.”

This statement intrigues me because as the world is today we have many horrific evils both moral and natural. If we consider evil on a scale between one and ten, one being the least evil and ten being the most heinous, are not our perceptions limited by our knowledge. Perhaps there are evils that would rate as and eleven or twelve that human kind has no knowledge of. Consider a world where Charles Manson’s actions only rate as a five on the scale; this would be a horrific society to considering there would be deeds done far more evil be given our knowledge of the society we currently live in. Conversely we should also consider a society whereby telling a lie would be considered a ten on the evil scale and what a wonderful society that would be given our knowledge of the society we currently live in.

If we consider an a posteriori point of view whereby we can only know by experiencing we will find that the societies discussed would then have different spectrums of evil. Although the spectrum would be different there will always be a one and a ten and ten will be the most heinous evil, the only difference is the final act. Without knowledge of our current society to use as a base line telling a lie could be considered as evil as genocide. The relativity of evil is based on which gauge is applied similar to using a speedometer on my bicycle that goes to 400 km/h or using one that only goes to 20 km/h on a jet.

What is evil in the world that we live in is relative to the worst evils that we cannot even imagine so my dispute to the quote shown above if ...

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...ords the right should not deny this right. Sue Rodriguez argued that if she cannot consent to her own death than whose body is it? If many of these people had a different illness that allowed them to end their lives they would. It is unfortunate that the right to die with dignity is determined by which terminal illness the individual is afflicted with.

The argument that euthanasia is unethical or immoral and should never be allowed must be argued by a person who has never had to watch a loved one suffer day in and day out for months or years. Someone who has never watched a hero from their childhood be unable to get to the restroom on their own or sometimes at all. This person has never been to visit this role model in the hospital or hospice when they are so drugged up they are not able to even talk. This is not a dignified way to live out final days for anyone.
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