Suffering through to something higher
The Darwinian world of "survival of the fittest" is "survival of the better adapted." Over evolutionary time the fight for life deepens into sentience, and sentience into suffering. This forces philosophers and theologians to see what sense they can make of it. All organisms are under stress. Pain arises in those with neurons. With neuronal nets of increasing complexity, life crosses the threshold of felt experience. Natural history might be called the evolution of suffering; or, equally plausibly, the evolution of caring. Pain, both physical and social, is a prolife force; suffering produces ...
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