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Friday, January 27, 2006

"For a Reason:"

I take issue with those who declare that anything at all that happens is part of a divine plan, that it happened "for a reason," and that we should trust in the innate good of all things.

Seven children, all members of the same extended family, were riding in a car Wednesday when a truck crashed into them.

Ever crushed an aluminum can with the heel of your foot?

That's what happens when an 80,000 pound semi truck hits a 4,000 pound car. It doesn't crash into it, it goes through it.

The seven children, aged between 1 and 15, were the car's only occupants. All were killed.

The crushed remains of a car were then rammed into a school bus, inside which three children were seriously injured.

Just to ice the cake, when the grandfather of some of the children heard the news, he had a heart attack and died, too.

But I'm sure all of that is part of a greater plan. Or something.


  • At 5:54 PM , Blogger ryan said...

    Has someone been forgetting their CS Lewi? Faith exists not despite, but because of the innate cruelty of the world. The fact that we are able to feel for the loss of those seven children is proof that there is something worth having faith in. When good is done by humans, it is evidence of the divine will acting through us, in what otherwise could be a much worse universe.

    I suggest a reading of Ecclesiastes 3. One of the more literary and moving passages.

    Personally I'm a firm believer in the many-worlds interpretation, and thus tragedy is unavoidable.


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