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NO PAIN,no pain

August 5, 2014 - Austin Porter
Here is photo of a frog that found its way into our garage, but didn't make it out. Crushed before it's time. At least it did't suffer, I think. Lately I've been noticing a lot of road kill: many deer, a couple of skunks, raccoon..... My guess is some of them experienced considerable discomfort between the time they were hit and the moment they took their last breaths.

If, as many people claim, God loves us, then he must not be an evil being. Perhaps he's just an underachiever, just as imperfect as the rest of us. I'm told we are made in his image. But still, there is a lot of needless pain and suffering in this world, and if I had the power to create a universe, I would certainly have left those things out

My brother’s dog recently died. An eleven year old basset hound with a heart murmur, he was sleeping in the front yard when a delivery person, in order to turn around, backed his truck up and over the poor, innocent beast. I wonder if he expired before he woke up. Or was he alive long enough to understand something terrible had happened to him. Was he in pain? Frightened? Not a familiar face in sight. Did the driver attempt to comfort him?

Perhaps I’m missing something, but what purpose did the suffering of these sentient beings serve?

There are thoughtless things I've said and done, some of them decades old, that when remembered, still fill me with shame. It occurs to me, if I were God and I created this inherently cruel world, I would shake with such enormous guilt and grief that it would alter the angle of the earth's rotation, even disrupt the orbit of the planets, and turn the universe into one black hole.


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