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The problem

The problem is that human life does not seem to make sense.

Human life entails a struggle for survival that is doomed to failure. The most that a human can succeed in doing is staying alive a bit longer. Like Christians thrown to the lions in the ancient Roman coliseum, we will all eventually be devoured by nature.

Intuitively, we think, human life is seriously flawed. No intelligent, beneficent designer would have designed human life the way that it is. As conveyed in the Judaic stories of creation and fall in Genesis, the suffering and death entailed by human life were not intended by God. As conveyed in Indian scriptures, the suffering and death entailed by human life are the result of an inferior, undesirable form of existence.

Thus, the major schools of theism and atheism agree that human life as we know it would not have been designed by an intelligent, beneficent designer. In everyday terms: human life does not make sense.

I have written this book to explain why human life does, in fact, make sense. I will show you why no intelligent, beneficent designer would have designed human life any different than it is in its fundamental facets, in particular, in the possibility of suffering and death.

More precisely, life without the possibility of suffering and death would be meaningless. The reason is not because we need suffering and death, but because we need something more fundamental: in order for life to be meaningful, we need willpower — the ability to exert effort. But the feature of willpower implies a system of energy transformation, and a system of energy transformation, in turn, implies the possibility of suffering and death.

Given willpower — and given the consequent possibility of suffering and death — then what? Then human life makes sense.

Reference citation.  Philip Bitar, adapted from Why Human Life Makes Sense, Editions 1/2/3, 2011/2012/2015, p. 10-12/10-12/10-12, posted at www.WhyHumanLifeMakesSense.com, 2011-08-26.



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