Language and Theodicy

Whatever Christopher Hitchens is, he's a good read. His most recent essay over at Slate is on the proper stance to problem of evil. The occasion of his essay is the report of the death of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only officially recognized dual survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The essay ends with a meditation on the language appropriate to describing Yamaguchi's un/luck, a metaphor for Hitchens of the human condition. His conclusion (with apologies to the delicate):

It isn't my idea that these capricious catastrophes strike the just and the unjust with such regularity, or that they are soothingly explained away by the pseudo-compassionate. Of all the great cosmic questions, WTF still strikes me as one of the most pressing, relevant, and ultimately humane.
Couldn't agree more.

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