And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this world, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression…How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
Modified to remove what I believe to be the unwarranted optimism of V, in addition to an expansion of the assessments scope. The first sentence often pops into mind when I am in my dark moods. The Christians say it is sin, and ultimately the sin of the Fall of Man, which has warped our world. Apparently for Islam it is a test, perhaps akin to the account in Job? The God of Job does seem like a God who would subject the world to such a test. I don’t know where Judaism falls in this spectrum, although I suspect it is probably closer to Islam than Christianity who draws enormous metaphysical import from the Genesis account in order to prepare the ontological grounds for their Christology.
The dharmic religions seem to explain the state of the world as being part karma and part perception. The stoics and many other Greek eudemonic philosophies hit upon the same solution, that suffering is perceptual when our concepts to do line up with reality. I think there is some truth to that, but it fails to address the reality of our perceptions. My own philosophy, which I am not entirely satisfied with, is that shit happens, and that some of it is good and some of it is bad and that there is no real rhyme or reason for most of it, and that we have only limited control over it. If anything, I suspect much of our suffering is ecological, in that we have out bred our environment and are struggling to contain the consequences. I don’t blame humans for this, every biological entity does so if permitted.But I find myself hating the world in my periods of depression, with no real consolation to be found, hence the quote. You are left wondering why there isn’t a force for Good to overcome these ills and bring about harmony. I suppose the only thing to do is adjust my expectations and proceed with the more limited program of trying in my own frail and limited way to make the world a little better around me. Note, I have no talent even for this scaled back project, which is depressing in and of itself.