Do you agree with any of these statements?
1. You are satisfied with letting God alone judge, and not concerning yourself with the acts of others beyond determining the risk you imagine they pose to you and yours.
2. You expect that someday you may have to defend yourself and yours physically.
3. You think that the evil one does can be balanced by their suffering.
I do not agree with the first statement. One cannot discern without making judgments. You make a judgment when you recognize the existence of God. Likewise an atheist makes the judgment of creation’s nonexistence. Judgments can arise from critical introspection. Choices arise from self-judgments.
If judgment means the just reward and punishment for a lifetime of deeds, done and failed to do, then of course God alone judges. Who on Earth can know the entirety of another’s life and therefore judge fairly? Besides, knowing how to meet another’s needs is more important than knowing their past. Caring enough to help may be enough to brighten their future, or at least that moment, but to do this one needs to be concerned about others, including the frightening ones.
I do not agree with the second statement. While I know that the potential of the need for defensive measures seems on the rise, I choose not to give credence to my media enhanced fear expecting instead better days to come (Pollyanna). Rising fears of potential perils are bulwarked by the recognition that rage arises from frustration over frequent futile efforts by numerous generations to obsequiously work their way into the economic-middle-class while maintaining a semblance of their traditional culture. Fed paranoid political propaganda pumped out via a media profiting from the message, increases the possibility that one may believe the worst is occurring.
Nor do I agree with the third statement. Suffering is the product of evil. More suffering does not balance the suffering evil caused. Evil is not rational, though it is predictable. Evil arises from one’s easily awoken damaged infantile ego, the dragon within. Attempts to destroy the dragon only empower it. Attempts to mollify and appease it will result in surrender to its voracious appetites. Ignore it, pretend it does not exist, or know nothing of its existence and the dragon will surreptitiously distort the formation of more mature egos, assimilating them when possible and increasingly drawing the locus of consciousness inward. The dragon’s lair is a cave, the womb in a far distant memory.