The Crux of The Problem of Evil
While we wait for Peirce to unveil his opinion trove. I shall add a bit to my most recent offering.
Simply the suggestion, yet again, that logic and goodness are close companions.
What I have done and continue to do is to seek a place for ethics and aesthetics at the forefront of a triadic process of thought.
I engage in this consciously. But I also vouch that is a natural form of thinking for one aware of universality, consciousness and the power of living with a measure of freedom in the world.
So my opinion is that Reality, Ethics and Aesthetics can supplement all of the categories that one can derive from Peirce and stand as a general basis for promulgating a popular philosophy that will give legs to what Peirce suggests when he uses the term agapic (in “A Guess at The Riddle”) to suggest the tendency of things.
In the simplest terms I solve the problem of evil by ascribing its origin to the misuse of freedom.
Evil is the conscious acts and expressions of all of us which do harm to ourselves and others.
To see logic as good is to see it as militating against the spectrum of harm and gravitating toward the spectrum of good.
I assume that if there is any afterlife, we attain an agapic beingness by facing our lives and engaging in whatever is appropriate in the way of repentance and amended existence.
I make no judgment as to whether this future can be proved. I limit proof to the actual ameliorative effects of our conscious acts and expressions.
We shall continue as the opinions come forth.
Peirce: CP 2.124 Cross-Ref:††
124. But now from what I know of you, I am led to think that you entertain certain ten opinions upon which I should like to offer some thoughts. You must almost certainly entertain these opinions, or you would not be wanting to study logic. Perhaps you and I do not think differently on most of these points. Yet it might be well to turn them over, and see what you do think, and why. Most of them are more or less controverted today.