Why does suffering exist in the world? *different post-it response* It might be the tasks given by God. If we don’t go through suffering than we won’t treat this kind of experience seriously which means we won’t take the lessons. The suffering, tasks given by God is handable stuff he trust us. After the suffering, we learn & grow. Eventually, suffering is a kind of blessing

Why does suffering exist in the world?  *different post-it response*  It might be the tasks given by God. If we don't go through suffering than we won't treat this kind of experience seriously which means we won't take the lessons. The suffering, tasks given by God is handable stuff he trust us. After the suffering, we learn & grow. Eventually, suffering is a kind of blessing
Why does suffering exist in the world? *different post-it response* It might be the tasks given by God. If we don’t go through suffering than we won’t treat this kind of experience seriously which means we won’t take the lessons. The suffering, tasks given by God is handable stuff he trust us. After the suffering, we learn & grow. Eventually, suffering is a kind of blessing

Suffering is a hard problem in philosophy and religion, and there are lots of possible explanations. Here are a few from my friend, the Encyclopedia of Religion: https://bit.ly/bc-suffer

You know the question “If God is all good, why is there suffering in the world?” BC loves to discuss that question! I was just thinking that maybe BC should reframe the question to “If BC is a Catholic institution that loves God, why does it establish structure that creates and perpetuates suffering?” Maybe BC should think about whether the suffering comes from God, or the very institution itself that states it cares for social justice and works to alleviate suffering. Maybe they are actively creating endless suffering and injustice in this world while also calling its students, who suffer from these injustice, to then deal with the consequent suffering of what it creates

Hmm. More of a comment than a question. Large organizations of all kinds do tend to throw off some level of suffering, and you’re right that it’s a moral question for a Catholic university. You might be interested in reading some things about how universities came to be as they are after World War II. Geiger’s history of US higher ed (https://bit.ly/bc-he) is one take, while Dorn explores how different universities in different places have defined “the common good” (https://bit.ly/bc-he2). There’s lots more in the library catalog (https://bit.ly/bc-he3).

What could an atheist stand to gain from studying theology?

Religion in some form is a component of most societies of humans, so empathy and context for how others see the world is one thing. Theology and science are different ways of seeing and making sense of how the world works, but some of the big questions they ask are actually quite similar. And an awful lot of Western culture and history is directly influenced by religion and believers in it. More practically, it’s the explanation for why a lot of things at BC are the way they are.

You are a wise wall.

I guess I just don’t know how to live in a world where I either need to compromise my beliefs and desire for shared humanities, and eventually participate in the system that hurts others; or keep fighting and being told I was too naive and being hurt in the process. The ironic part is that the doctors in the hospitals don’t seem to understand or care about people who end up being involuntarily sent there in the process of fighting for what they believe in, and they can pathologize you with diagnoses and label it as individual problems. This seem to be a misuse of their power, a denial to acknowledge the wrong in the world, and ignorance toward the broader societal issue.

I can feel the pain you’re writing with and from. I’m not sure what to offer you in response. But I was just thinking of the concept ahimsa, the Sanskrit word for non-violence, is very influential in several Eastern religions. It goes beyond what we think of as non-violence to include a lot of philosophical and moral considerations, and how it works in one’s particular context varies. A very short suggested reading list: http://bit.ly/bc-ahimsa1, http://bit.ly/bc-ahimsa2. Other religious and philosophical traditions also have thoughts on the struggle to live a just life in a world which frequently isn’t.

I hate cats.

They leave hair everywhere and make lots of noise at night when I’m trying to sleep. I think the differences between cats and dogs, are that men domesticated the dogs, and cats domesticated the women. Because dogs are useful and loyal. And cats are cute, but useless little psycopaths. In my opinion this means that men are more preoccupied with function and women with form( generally speeaking). Also never let your mom buy you a computer. She will buy some kind of abomination gamer pc that she thinks look nice but is a piece of garbage. Ask your father instead. Even if he doesnt understand nothing of computers he will still agree with you when you say that the uglier pc is better than the cute one your mom likes. Am I machist? Or just realist based on historical data avaliable?

You have every right to have preferences for one pet over another, for whatever reasons. You’re also welcome to speculate about the reasons for differences between one human population and another. It would be realistic to be honest about a) the fact that these are speculations grounded only in a few observations of your own and b) the fact that generalizing from a few observations to whole populations is a logical fallacy. A realist should learn both how to make careful, representative observations, and to employ statistical methods to extrapolate from small samples to broader populations, and be able to provide both data collection and analytical methods so others can evaluate the soundness and validity of the observations and analysis. IOW, realists are aware of the limitations of their own perspectives.

Hey wall! If the sacrificial love can save life (like how Harry Potter’s mom protect him), can a person’s sacrifice end the entire pandemic?

I’d rather die to end the pandemic if there’s magic……, but there’s no magic 🙁 Well I guess the only thing we can do is to care for as much people as possible with our limited human power. >< Or, perhaps you know of any magic?

The sacrifices we are all collectively making right now are one of the most powerful expressions of love for each other and our communities I have ever seen. https://xkcd.com/2287/

chicken or egg

Either one would probably be a welcome addition to many household’s provisions right now.

Chicken or Egg? Why not both? You know there’s an Asian dish with chicken in the egg? Btw, do the geese on campus lay eggs 🥚 here? Never seen one before?

Why not both? 😆 🐔 🥚None of my assistants have seen a goose egg on campus, either. That might be because female Canada geese choose nesting sites that are hidden, and adjacent to open water or marsh. I wouldn’t get too close to one, though: male geese are on patrol. For more info: bit.ly/canada-geese

Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God…

AM♥G Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God, that would last until Christ's parousia -- the Dominicans or the Jesuits?
AM♥G Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God, that would last until Christ’s parousia — the Dominicans or the Jesuits?

One of my helpers is working on this and says a) great question and b) it might be a bit. Watch this space for a follow-up.

Could you give me a reference to the specific vision you have in mind? Poitrey’s Vocabulario de Santa Teresa lists at least thirty references to orders in her work and I’d like to make sure I’m responding to the one you have in mind. In the meantime, we have a pretty extensive book collection on her life and works: http://bit.ly/bc-sta