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Is Death a Misfortune?. Creighton Sullivan. Thought Experiment. Adopt child Hire actors to portray Harry Potter universe Go through “traditional” motions (choose a wand, magic textbooks, etc) Take child to train station and instruct to run through a pillar to reach “hidden platform”

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Is death a misfortune

Is Death a Misfortune?

Creighton Sullivan


Thought experiment
Thought Experiment

  • Adopt child

  • Hire actors to portray Harry Potter universe

  • Go through “traditional” motions (choose a wand, magic textbooks, etc)

  • Take child to train station and instruct to run through a pillar to reach “hidden platform”

  • Child runs into wall, you reveal that magic isn’t real and return child to orphanage


How is this ok
How is this ok?

  • Out of all the children at the orphanage, one particular child got to spend time with someone that truly cared for and loved them (or so they think)



Human life came into existence in two possible ways
Human life came into existence in two possible ways was the child wronged. It is a propitious misfortune

  • There is a God, which designed the universe and everything in it (including us)

  • There is no divine creator and humanity came about through natural processes


Option 1 there is a god
Option 1: There is a God was the child wronged. It is a propitious misfortune

  • A God would have had many options

  • The God chose this scenario, in which not only humanity exists, but each of us individuals exist


Option 2 evolutionary events created us
Option 2: Evolutionary events created us was the child wronged. It is a propitious misfortune

  • We are lucky that all conditions were so perfect to allow humanity to come about

  • We are lucky that each of us individuals exist



Leibniz
Leibniz we had no rights to. To lose this is no misfortune, as we had to be fortunate enough in the first place to exist

  • Leibniz theorized that this is the best of all possible worlds

  • The best world requires

    • Our life

    • Our death



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