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Subj: Re: Not sure I agree.
Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 09:38:13 pm EST (Viewed 381 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Not sure I agree.
Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 01:54:26 pm EST (Viewed 435 times)

    So how do you explain comic book Heaven being depicted as without compassion or kindness? I've seen this repeatedly in both Marvel and DC/Vertigo.

One argument i have heard is Heaven is "pure good" so it cannot tolerate evil. They have compassion and kindness...towards those who are pure good. Heaven has trouble understanding why people fail to be good and take the evil way out. So they have little to no sympathy for humanity and brand them all evil since they are not pure good.

The other is a tendency for writers to villanize Heaven to show the superiority of humans, the hero, take Heaven down a peg or whatever.

Another is if Heaven and Hell are opposites to the point of extremes Heaven is just as bad as Hell because taking pretty much anything to too far of an extreme is bad. It is an oversimplification of the concepts of good and evil.

I think another part is the assumption that Heaven's idea of Goodness would be the same as a humans. The inhabitants of Heaven are usually radically different than humans on Earth. In a big picture kind of way things that may come across as cruel to individual human may make perfect sense and produce a greater "good" from a larger perspective.

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