We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Christ is the ultimate example that God is not in the business of preventing suffering but in redeeming it. When we ask the question, "Couldn't God have created a world without so much suffering?" the answer has to be, "If he could AND accomplish His purposes, don't you think he would have started with preventing the need for His innocent Son to die in our place?" Some people say that this or that bad thing happened because of God, but I have come to believe that bad things really are bad and only God can redeem that thing into something beautiful.
As Kruger says in a Lord of the Rings reference, "After the ring is destroyed at Mount Doom, Sam wakes up from his sleep surprised he is alive and surprised to see Gandalf. Then he says, “Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?” This statement is quite profound because it is different than asking whether good things are going to come true. Rather, it asking whether sad things are going to come untrue. "