Everything on the Topic of Suffering

2007 April 13

Walter Kaufmann on Suffering

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 10:25 am

Excerpts from Walter Kaufmann’s The Faith of a Heretic, chapter 6, http://skeptically.org/thinkersonreligion/id16.html:

“[…] for most human beings, the problem of suffering poses no difficult problem at all: one has a world picture in which suffering has its place, a world picture that takes suffering into account.”



“To make the problem of suffering a perplexing problem, one quires very specific presuppositions, and once those are accepted the problem becomes not only puzzling but insoluble.”



“According to Augustine and many of his successors, all men deserve eternal torture, but God in his infinite mercy saves a very few. Nobody is treated worse than he deserves, but a few are treated better than they deserve, salvation being due not to merit but solely to grace. In the face of these beliefs, Augustine and legions after him assert God’s perfect justice, mercy, and goodness.  And to save men from eternal torment, it came to be considered just and merciful to torture heretics, or those suspected of some heresy, for a few days….”



“Man can stand superhuman suffering if only he does not lack the conviction that it serves some purpose. Even less severe pain, on the other hand, may seem unbearable, or simply not worth enduring, if it is not redeemed by any meaning.”

2007 April 9

Schadenfreude in Sport

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 10:40 am

From http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2829607 : 

“AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you enjoy human suffering, you’ll absolutely love what’s happening here at the 71st Masters.

First of all, it’s colder than the produce bin in your fridge. It’s also gusty enough to blow most of the pretenders off the leaderboard. And before it’s finished, Augusta National officials are going to have to hire a depression therapist to work the players’ locker room.

Here are some comments heard on the course Saturday:

Phil Mickelson: “Oh, no!”
Tiger Woods: “Ah, dammit!”
Jerry Kelly: “Arrgggh!”

Stuart Appleby

Isn’t it wonderful? Nothing brings me more pleasure than watching the collective misery of men wearing Rolexes and rain gear. The more slumped shoulders the better. Expletives are encouraged.”

And the article goes on like that…

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