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“Ask not for whom bell tolls/It tolls for thee.” -- John Donne.
“Pale Death, with impartial step, knocks at poor man’s cottage and palaces of kings.” -- Horace.
“Time goes you stay? Ah no! Time stays, we go.” -- Austin Dobson.
“Life is not worth living. Existence is only a burden.” -- Mark Twain.
“When gods want to punish us, they answer our prayer.” -- Oscar Wilde.
“We men are wretched things, and gods, who have no cares themselves, have woven sorrow into very pattern of our lives.” -- Homer.
“Solomon Grundy/Born on a Monday/. . .Died on Saturday /Buried on Sunday/This is end /Of Solomon Grundy.” -- J.D. Halliwell.
The story of Solomon Grundy is story of us all. Somebody was once asked to define man; and he simply said: “He was born, he suffered, he died.”
The account of human suffering have elicited different reactions from various victims. Some believe that God is responsible for wickedness and human suffering. As an example , one whose house was shattered by an earthquake in a South American country said :” God, see what you have done to us! ”.
Yet, others feel that there is no God, or if he exists, he doesn’t really care about us. Asked a World War I victim: “Where was God when we needed him?”
The depth of pain that is caused by wickedness and suffering in this world cannot be fathomed. Said a Nazi holocaust victim: “If you could lick my wound, it would poison you”.
Now question remains: Why does God permit wickedness and suffering? Does he really exist? When would wickedness and suffering end?
But first, what is origin of wickedness?
(To be continued)
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