Yet, here also, we find a “gap” – the moral gap.
We experience a world in which “good” is not always rewarded and “evil” is not always punished. In fact, quite the opposite is often true.
There is a gap between moral action and the expected and appropriate results of those actions. What are we to make of a world in which there is no apparent ground (and therefore motivation) for our moral efforts?
Freud suggests that this, too, is part of the “illusion” of religion. We want to live in a just universe and so we create “gods” or, especially in this case, “a God” who is the supreme justice over all of reality and who will bring order out of the chaos of our existence.
Finally, when all is said and done (religion would claim), there will be justice – good will be rewarded and evil will be punished. We live in a just universe.
A comforting thought, most would say – whether true or not.
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