The internal craving for external harmony is a key driver of Leibniz’s theodicy.

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This video develops the thesis that Leibniz’s theodicy responding to the problem of evil was the result of an internal need for harmony being externalised. His Christian ideology harnessed this desire. This is similar to the psychological notion of the Just-World Bias, a cognitive bias that a person’s actions are inherently inclined to bring morally fair and fitting consequences to that person; thus, it is the assumption that noble actions are eventually rewarded and evil actions eventually punished.

EnigmaofReason

Good video – no comment. Will monitor. >“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. > > “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. > >From the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew’s Go spel

digital_angel_316

Great video

MiamisOwn

Taking an axiom which I think will be undisputed: 1. There is evil that exists which has no morally redeeming value. I do not believe you can reconcile this with the propositions that: 1. God is loving and benevolent, the source of all that is good. 2. God is omnipotent and omniscient. For the first proposition to be true, then he must necessarily be neither omniscient or omnipotent, otherwise he would prevent senseless evil from occurring. For the second proposition to be true, he must not be totally benevolent and in fact must also be the source of evil as well as good. I have yet to hear an argument otherwise (which does not attempt to redefine the above terms) that is convincing, including that of Leibniz. It speaks to how powerful a cultural force Christianity was that so many great thinkers spent a considerable amount of their intellect trying to devise schemes to prop up an indefensible logical proposition. They had to resort to increasingly clever methods of “proof” and still came up short.

paradox242

Great questions discussed in the video, but it seems like you have this notion that the “craving for harmony” is some kind of accidental feature of us that is subsequently *imposed* upon the world, rather than the natural outgrowth of human beings as concept-mongering creatures.

navywalrus96