How does your religion and/or how do you personally address the problem of evil?
The logical problem of evil was first expounded up by Epicurus about 300 years before Jesus is supposed to have lived. The problem was related in this way by David Hume as “Epicurus’ old riddle”:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?
The last few hundred years have seen philosophers, theologians, and laypeople struggling to find an answer to this riddle, and it is central to many discussions of faith. Such an answer is often referred to as a theodicy and commonly attempts to formulate a proof of God’s supposedly intrinsic omniscience, omnipotence, and omnibenevolence in light of the reality that evil exists. Understanding and talking about these explanations and justifications for faith are incredibly important because they shape how we perceive the world around us and our place and purpose in it.
As with most philosophical problems, the problem of evil has generated many possible answers, and each answer tells us something about the people who hold to it. It seems to me that the most common answers (among laypeople–there are more complex answers among some intellectuals, but they amount to pretty much the same thing) to the problem have to do with the idea of God as a master planner of everything that happens in the universe or with the concept of human free will. However, both of these fail to adequately address the problem of evil in a logically consistent manner, and in any theodicy there is always the presupposition that a god of some kind exists. Continue reading
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So, apparently, Kathryn Stockett is an even worse person than I would have expected of someone responsible for the racist shitpile that was The Help.
The character Skeeter’s exploitation of the black maids in the book/movie is topped by Ms. Stockett’s own exploitative actions.
The Help (2011)
As soon as I saw the first trailer for The Help, I knew it was going to be another white savior movie. At the same time, I was a tiny bit excited at the appearance of another woman-centered movie on the horizon, and I hoped that it would belie my rather low expectations. There are so few movies about women’s lives and stories, and even fewer that manage to be made and distributed nationally. Fewer still are movies about women that aren’t centered on our supposedly eternal and imperative search for a man to put babies in our bellies. So. You know. I was excited, though pessimistically so, when I saw the early previews of this film.
There are few times when I hate to be right, but I definitely was about this movie, and I definitely hated to be. The Help isn’t just a white savior movie—there’s also an insidious thread of misogyny throughout it. It’s not surprising. I expected it, mostly, but it never ceases to be disappointing. Continue reading