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The Tyger by Blake & The Problem of Evil

A Philosopher VERSUS a poet on the problem of Evil.


Two famous philosophers on the "problem of evil:"

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

— The Epicurean paradox, ~300 BCE

"[God's] power we allow [is] infinite: Whatever he wills is executed: But neither man nor any other animal are happy: Therefore he does not will their happiness. His wisdom is infinite: He is never mistaken in choosing the means to any end: But the course of nature tends not to human or animal felicity: Therefore it is not established for that purpose. Through the whole compass of human knowledge, there are no inferences more certain and infallible than these. In what respect, then, do his benevolence and mercy resemble the benevolence and mercy of men?" - Hume

Below is a poet's take on the "problem of evil."

But first, understand the terror of the tiger. Today as we live protected by guns, walls and all the civilized apparatuses that we have developed, are incapable of understanding the raw terror that tigers have always evoked in humans.

Throughout history, tigers along with boars have been some of man-kinds fiercest predators. Part of civilizing ourselves anthropologically was not merely to protect ourselves from other humans, but to protect ourselves from the viciousness of animals.