You will find “Help Us Endure” here. The author Tim Miller put a fair amount of effort into trying to convince us of the value of suffering. Or at least that we shouldn’t “blame god” for the horrible things that befall us. It struck me as all very Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.
I had a couple questions meander their way to the surface. Why if suffering has merit would we ask an indifferent god to help us endure? My sainted mother demanded I eat my Brussell Sprouts, and that while I might always abhor them I’d gain something valuable from the experience. Amazingly enough, I did. Eating them without objection saved me from a swift clout behind my ear. That’s a very human experience that’s mirrored in every aspect of monotheistic theology. Eat your veggies. Don’t bitch or I’ll make you suffer for eternity.
The other big question I have is this: How is a completely indifferent god distinguishable from a hidden god or a nonexistent one? And what moral value do I gather from the experiences of suffering?
I have no idea. If you know, please tell me.