Whether or not it is clear to you, the Universe is unfolding as it should.
— Max Ehrmann
In the Jewish tradition, today is תשעה באב, the worst day of the year,“celebration” of the destruction of the Temple—twice—among sundry other disasters.
Damn it, if we lived in a half-decent world, there would be no racial vendettas, no Holocausts, no extraordinary rendition, no nuclear weapons and certainly no anthropocene ecocide. Only a Panglossian naif could believe in a righteous God, let alone a merciful one.
…and yet there is something compelling about the idea that “what is = what should be”. Especially philosophers (more than theologians), especially cosmologists and particle physics (more than chemists or engineers), those who think deeply about life and the fabric of reality look for beauty in the Laws and Principles that give rise to our world.
For mystics and contemplatives, this is not a deduction but an article of faith, the one article of faith from which arises all comfort and belonging and a deep fount of wellbeing. All is well, whether we understand it or not. Fear is merely a hormone in the bloodstream, given to us to help protect us in emergencies. Death is…well, if death is not the ultimate and final loss of all that we hold dear, this could go a long way toward reconciling faith with all that we find wanting in this world.
— Josh Mitteldorf