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Design challenge

I challenge the reader to improve human life by redesigning it. Here's what I have in mind.

Most people are deeply troubled by the suffering and death to which humans are subject. We are all involved in a struggle for survival, and when the stress of this struggle mounts in our own life, resentment can build in our attitude toward life. And when we hear about or read about people who are subject to even greater trials than we are, we are likely to feel empathy and wish to relieve these people of their suffering.

Since our personal resources are limited, we may imagine having unlimited resources with which we could relieve all of the suffering in the world. In such a position, we think, we would not only wish to relieve the suffering, but we would also be morally obligated to relieve the suffering. But an all-powerful, beneficent God, as conceived in traditional monotheism, does have unlimited resources, so, we ask, why doesn't God relieve the suffering? We may draw the conclusion that if God exists, he would do as we imagine that we would do in relieving the suffering, and since he's obviously not doing so, we may doubt that God exists, or we may conclude that God does not, in fact, exist.

To the best of my knowledge, until now no one has solved this problem with an incontestable, rational answer. But I present such an answer in section 7.1 on meaning in the subsection on willpower. There I show that the feature of willpower the exertion of effort provides the means for realizing meaning in life. But I go on to prove that the feature of willpower implies a system of energy transformation, and a system of energy transformation, in turn, implies the possibility of suffering and death. Thus, eliminating the possibility of suffering and death implies eliminating willpower and, hence, the possibility of meaning in life.

In this context, in section 7.3 I challenge the reader to improve human life by redesigning it.



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