Friend of the Jg Handle and G. both work in large bureaucracies. Handle, who is Jewish, wrote this reflection on the experience, which he has graciously agreed to allow as a guest post:
The funny thing is that not all government is like that.
Not yet.I feel in a reflective mood this morning.
Many philosophers ask, “Why is there evil?” Some say free will, others original sin.
My religious tradition says, “Evil is in the very nature of things. Suffering, predation, disease, decay, decrepitude, entropy, these are all parts of life and nature and have been features from the very beginning, since the creation, and will be with us until the end. The real question is why is there any good? That is new, rare, surprising when less rare, and that is the mystery the answer to which, and the implications of that answer, is where we will find rewards.”
We are all poor sinners. And yet, somehow, also there are saints. (more…)