“Why does God allow children to suffer and die?” read the question.
To which I answered:
“Because God sees death as a beautiful transition, not a horrific disaster.”
And he responded: “Every torturer sees someone else’s torture and death as beautiful.”
And what did I say to that? I said this:
“What if death is actually quite beautiful, and the habitual terror of it blinds humans to that fact?”
You did, I am sure, notice that I did not speak to the suffering. Though maybe I should have … maybe I should have said that suffering is when we deny, refuse, and resist that which we are: nature, god, life, death…