The Solution to the Epicurean Paradox (or Riddle of Epicurus)

In about 300 B.C., Epicurus eloquently attempted to summed up the problem of the existence of evil (and the nature of God) thusly:

If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to
Then He is not omnipotent.

If He is able, but not willing
Then He is malevolent.

If He is both able and willing
Then whence cometh evil?

If He is neither able nor willing
Then why call Him God?

Here is the solution to the paradox:

Evil is an illusion of mind.  Nothing can be evil except as to be judged so by the human mind in relation to those things perceived as not evil.  And thus we uncover the subjective nature of evil… where one man’s evil may not be another man’s evil.  Even if we were to discuss the existence of something that most sane men would consider evil… such as the propagation of a deadly virus… from the perspective of that living virus being able to find a way to survive and perpetuate its own existence, it is highly doubtful it would consider itself evil.  In addition, even God/nature/evolution in its infinite wisdom of creating that virus… so as to potentially make room for more stronger healthier creations… may ALSO not see that virus as evil, where only the victim of man does.

And it is because of this illusion of evil that is created within the human mind, that the Epicurean Paradox itself becomes illusion, and is thusly solved.  God does not act on illusions of mind.  It is only the hubris of man’s mind to assume so.

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  1. If “IT” doesn’t exist in “dreamless sleep”, then it’s not real. Truth sets a fairly high bar!

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