Boston bombings challenge my philosophy

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 16:06 PM.

Those who regularly read this column know I mine weekly reporting blurbs to dig up what I consider to be entertaining stuff — at least to me. This week’s news was horrible.

The Boston bombing has glued me to news streams on TV and my computer. As technically backward as I am, I’ve even tried following developments on my cell phone.

When mindless evil rears its ugly head, I can’t muster up a single molecule of concern or consideration for those who summoned that beast. I want them removed from the gene pool and don’t care a whit about "reasons" or "motives."

I’ve never had religious leanings, choosing to believe the universe was way too big for a carbon speck like me to matter one way or the other. In my eyes, the creation of religions must have been a function of evolving intelligence.

Once humans became capable of abstract thought, we ceased having to live only in the present and branched forward and backward, into the future and past. I’ve always supposed that being able to substitute identities with deceased or injured fellow humans led inexorably to "invention" of a force for shelter from life’s tribulations.

That’s a lot of words that ask a simple question: Did God create us or did we create God?

Of course without faith it may never be knowable to me, but when something so terrible as the Boston thing happens, my core assumptions are shaken. If an absolute manifestation of cosmic "good" doesn’t exist, then by logical extension neither can cosmic "evil."



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