Theodicy re-visited

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Book #1 is primarily devoted to a solution of the age-old problem of the classic problem of Evil: theodicy.

THEODICY: If there is a God who is all-powerful and all-merciful, why is there gross evil?

The ultimate answer to the philosophical conundrum of God and Evil, however, may transcend neo-classical reasoned philosophical discourse. En toto, this work, God and Good, is de facto a philosophical response to theodicy, as well.

“What is it,” French journalist Cheron asks the Jewish writer Wiesel, “that is most radically counter-poised to the mystery of death and the mystery of Evil?”

Replies Elie Wiesel: “The mystery of life and Good.”

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No question about it.

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Appendix A: Metaphysics

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One can never PROVE a metaphysics.

By definition.

Because one would have to stand outside the entire cosmos to view it all-

and simulate Creation itself – to test it all

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However one can certainly ASSESS different metaphysics.

Metaphysics is always hypothesis. But, hopefully very, very intelligent hypothesis.

One can, indeed, analyze different metaphysical constructs with a consistent set of questions.

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Now, some of the questions involved in assessing various metaphysics might be the following: (These questions tend to overlap, but have different thrusts and nuance.)

Is the metaphysics overarching? All-embracing?

Does the metaphysics handle the key questions in philosophy? (re-capped in the INTROS and FOREWORDS of the two books of this series)

Does the metaphysics have a fatal flaw(s);
a major gap(s),

– or does it essentially legitimately ‘stitch-together’
all the key issues

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To what extent is the metaphysics TETHERED to classic works or spiritual texts?

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Does the core of the metaphysics RESONATE within us?

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Is the case made exclusively “in an Ivory Tower” –

– or is the case somewhat brought-down-to-earth,
as well?

Is the presentation some sort of miasma (~ murky, obscuring vapor)

– or is it actually fairly articulate and systematic?

Are the themes, however allegedly profound, articulated in a totally obscure manner –

– or in a generally intelligible manner?

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<< Guardian Angels 101-120

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— 101 —
Guardian Angel of ‘Ahava’ (Love)

Ahava‘ – love the same ‘gematriyah‘ (letter valuation) as

ACHAD‘: Oneness/unity
For ‘ahava‘ —love and only ‘ahava’–love— makes the cosmos WHOLE.
For initially the Void was unzipped into

Positives and Negatives,
White & Dark,
Male and Female.
And, in Love—
And In Relationships—
And ultimately in Marriage–union
Does the Cosmos re–Unite.

Seeming linearities,
Consummate circularities.

The cosmic ring is completed
May the love be rare and pure

Simple, but profound
Simple, but True

In Marriage,
All polarities

Re–Unite
That is the profound and powerful
Cosmic drive

Impelling us all to take that leap–journey
From Biblical times–thru the present.
Attempting to make not just ourselves,
But the entire Cosmos, Whole.

Come with me for a full journey! Love beckons
Come with me for a death-defying Leap! Love entreats

I will complete your Soul
I will quench your Heart
I will re-Unite the entire Cosmic order

You will single-handedly effect
‘COMPLETION -of-CREATION

‘ahava, ahava, ahava
Love in its many, many forms
Love, oh Love

Careless Love

I am the “middle-child” Guardian Angel

ax far as the establishment was concerned
I was not given enough attention…
Almost always a peripheral supporting role

I was over-shadowed by the others for centuries…
I pleaded with them to pay more attention to me…
They did not listen

Then, Hillel and the shepherd entered the picture
With LOVE center-stage…

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<< Guardian Angels 61-80

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— 61 —
Guardian Angel of TRUTH

Ve ri tas
Harvard’s logo

Truth

So very elusive
Even those who profess it to be sacrosanct

so often mangle it
so often color it
so often trample on it

Truth has so many facets

More than a perfectly–cut 58–faceted diamond
but be true to thyself, my friend

or all is lost

interesting that TRUTH is not a mitzvah (Jewish precept)
(although ACCURATE WEIGHTS are hyper-strictly decreed)

as TRUTH is not always desired
(doesn’t she look beautiful?)

TRUTH is more of an ideal— in ideal circumstances

Amazing, right?


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<< Guardian Angels 21-40

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— 21 —
Guardian Angel of HOPE

Most of humankind has not had it so good.
The challenges have been daunting.

And ultimately what gives us the strength to go out and meet daily challenges head-on, even when experience tells us that our success will be limited?

What drives the parent to struggle, sometimes against all odds? As we know, it is hope for a better tomorrow, if not for us, then for our children.

It is perhaps trite, but it is true.
At Creation, the Cosmos had HOPE that FULFILLMENT was at the end of the journey…
Not only does “hope spring eternal”,
From hope sprang ETERNITY

— 22 —
Guardian Angel of WHITE

I am White,
the Angel of White.

Imperious and submissive simultaneously.

I am soft cotton— as well as the terrifying blindness of an ice storm.
I am the White of Yom Kippur—
and the White of gentle snowflakes.

I am the White of a bride’s veil
and the White of a Shabbos Table linen.

I am usually good,
usually with the Good Guys,
but every once in a while…

I owe scant allegiances—
and serve as the palette of the universe.

Other entities believe
that they hold hegemony and power
But I am always there

Am not quite sure what they would do
without “lil ole White”.

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<< Guardian Angels 1-20

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— 1 —
Guardian Angel of the LONELY

I am the Guardian Angel of the Lonely
I try to give them some gentle comfort
Metaphorically, I try to hold their hand
I feel their terrible pain
With no one to share it with
Unable to connect well
with their brother and sister creations

Alone on the raft of life… as they navigate life’s treacherous currents, and drift through its calms
One can be alone in the middle of a crowd
And some find themselves alone even in a marriage

Rich or poor — ALONE is so tough

Alone. So alone.
Almost as lonely as God…

Almost, but not quite as lonely as the original, primal, dark, empty void
The void
Aching
Which reached out into eternity… through Creation… through the portal of LIFE…
for RELATIONSHIPS…
and for FULFILLMENT

— 2 —
Guardian Angel of GRATITUDE

I am the guardian angel of “Modeh Ani”
The gentlest of prayers
The prayer children are taught first
The prayer adults do not take all that seriously
They should.

I am the prayer of Gratitude

I am the angel of Thanksgiving
Thanks Giving every moment

And Gratitude, of course, suffuses the soul
with cosmic energy
And Gratitude, of course,
wraps us in a metaphysical shield

Gratitude that each and every one of us is at the epicenter of the cosmos
Gratitude that Life Force flows through each of us, tracking forward to the ends of time

And tracking back to the Genesis point
And perhaps these points converge

Gratitude that we are the recipients of love,
and gratitude that we can give love

Gratitude for each and every person who loves us —
even a bit,
And gratitude for each and every person who we love –
even a bit

Gratitude that we are Cosmic Guardians of love and creativity
Gratitude that we have arisen for another day representing a microcosm of a lifetime – of LIFE

Gratitude for the richness and variety of creation’s potentials
Gratitude, with its implicit theme of Wonderment,
is a “magic vitamin”

It infuses our being with cosmic energy

And rightfully so
Gratitude – given with love –
opens a doorway to greater potential

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Part III: THE LOST MANUAL

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Introductory to
THE LOST MANUAL

Fable has it
that in ancient times
a timeless MANUAL existed,
which, along with the Ark of the Covenant,
had been lost…

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INDEX (alphabetical)
to 120 Guardian Angels

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Alphabetically Angel
of -1 ,0, +1 97
A of “AHAVA” 101
of “ALEPH” 103
of ARCHITECTURE 55
of ASCENTS 105
of ASSAULTS ON THE THRONE 59
of the ASSASSIN 84
of AVENGING JUSTICE 41
of AWARENESS 73
B of the BETRAYED 93
of BLUE 32
of BREATHING 112
of BUBBLES 13
of BURYING THE DEAD 80
of BUTTERFLIES 57
C of CATCHING THE MOMENT 40
of CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING 89
of CHI BLACK BELT MASTER 116
of CHILDREN LAUGHING 19
of CIRCLES 52
of CLEAR STAR FILLED SKIES 8
of COMBATING EVIL 74
of COMFORT 53
of CONFIDENCE 17
of CONQUEST 60
of COSMIC FULFILLMENT 26
of the COSMIC CONTINUUM 104
of CREATIVITY 31
of CUMULUS NIMBUS CLOUDS 7
of the CUMULATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS 107
D of the DIGNITY OF MAN 78
of DISSENT 68
of DREAMS 9
E of EARTHLY FULFILLMENT 115
of “EHEYEH ASHER EHEYEH” 102
of ELEGANCE 20
of ENCHANTED EVENINGS 33
of ESCAPE 86
of EXPLORERS 14
F of FALLING IN LOVE 35
of FEAR 28
of FIRE 43
of FIVE-YEAR-OLD-GIRLS GIGGLING 44
of FLOWS, WAVES & CHANNELS 108
of FORGIVENESS 110
of FORTITUDE 69
of FRESHLY-BAKED “CHALLAH” 48
of FREEDOM 4
of FULFILLMENT 26
G of “GEMORAH CHAVRUSAHS” 75
of GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT 85
of GEOMETRY 11
of GRACE 83
of GRATITUDE 2
of GUARDIANS OF THE COSMOS 117
H of “HAVDALAH” 49
of HOLDING YOUR DAUGHTER’S HAND 56
of HOLOCAUST VICTIMS 38
of HONOR 42
of HOPE 21
of HORSEBACK RIDING 65
I of INTERNAL HEALING 95
of INTIMACY 87
of IRON MILL WORKERS 58
J of JOURNEYS TO FAR-AWAY LANDS 82
of JU JITSU 71
K of KINDNESS 18
of KITE FLYING 54
L of LIBERATION 45
of the LIBRARY OF LIBRARIES 96
of LIGHT 12
of LIGHTING “SHABBOS CANDLES” 25
of the LONELY 1
of the LOST ANGEL 120
of LOVE BONDS 36
of LOYALTY 51
of LURIANIC KABALLAH 109
M of MARRIAGE 37
of MERCY 5
O of OPTIMIZING POTENTIAL 81
P of PASSION 15
of PEACE 100
of PLAYING CHESS WITH YOUR SON 88
of PROTECTING THE YOUNG 46
of PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM 114
of PUTTING-THE-KIDS-TO-BED 50
R of RAINBOWS 10
of RAPPROACHMENT 29
of RED 34
of REMEMBRANCE 79
of RESCUE 99
of RESILIENCE 90
of RETURN 32
of the RETURN OF THE PRINCE 119
of ROMANTIC LOVE 16
of the ROMANTIC LOVE PARTNER 92
S of SAGE WISDOM 98
of SAILING AGAINST THE WIND 67
of SELF DISCIPLINE 64
of SENSUALITY 30
of SEVEN-YEAR-OLD BUDDIES 27
of SEXUALITY 94
of “SHABBAT HAMALKAH” 111
of SNOWFLAKES 3
of SNOW-PEAKED MOUNTAIN RANGES 70
of SNOWSTORMS ON SCHOOL DAYS 62
of SPIRITUAL CLEANSING 91
of STRENGTH 76
of SUBSTANCE & FORM 77
of SUNRISE 6
T of TIDES 24
of TOUGH LOVE 72
of TRANQUILITY 63
of TRANSCENDENT GOALS 113
of TRUTH 61
of TWENTY FIVE + YEAR FRIENDSHIPS 66
U of “URIM VE-TUMIM” “LIFE FORCE” / CHI 106
V of VICTORY 39
W of WALKING THE KIDS TO “SHUL” 47
of WHITE 22
of the WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT 118


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AFTERWORD to 120 Angels

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“Holy quest for potential is the underlying core dynamic
of the cosmic order.

Holy quest for potential is the “primal scream” of the cosmos. Holy Potential, emanating through and from the
Divine essence, radiates through the universe— questing,
pulsating, exploding, reaching, energizing, expanding,
in time and out-of-time.

It is at the core of the holy/natural drive of the cosmos.
It is the “primal engine” of cosmic existence.”

– from the work
God & Evil
PART TWO, Section 200.00

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“V’hassneh einenu u’kkal”

“But, the bush is not consumed”

The Biblical author (the GODHEAD of the infinite “holy” human/Divine consciousness) was keen to the mysteries of the cosmos, but his audience was simply not ready….

It was three and a half thousand years premature to unveil the cornerstone secrets of the cosmic order….

Instead, the Biblical author wrapped the key cosmic secret — Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh — the key to the Cosmic Code – in an enigmatic Burning Bush at the epicenter of the saga that liberated the Jews — a saga that would be re-told year after year at Passover at a minimum, decade after decade, century after century, millennium after millennium by an indefatigable — and truly eternal people.

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<< Guardian Angels 81-100

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— 81 —
Guardian Angel of OPTIMIZING POTENTIAL

a fine line
press too little, and life is just mundane and hum-drum
press just a little too hard, and you are a quixotic failure
press to just the OPTIMAL point,
and FULFILLMENT is yours

We pivot our entire hypothesis on the proposition
that Quest for Potential

Is the underlying motif of the cosmic order,

indeed, that it IS the cosmic order

So, optimizing potential
emerges as a primary imperative,

if not “THE” primary imperative,
on multiple levels

— 82 —
Guardian Angel of JOURNEYS TO FARAWAY LANDS

add a little spice to your life drama
see how the other half lives
see how we’ve done in the other districts
visit your 35th cousins
get a move on
break that inertia
make it happen
bring a good digital
but what is happening in this picture?
probably more than the author realizes…


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