Arevalo 1 Michael Arevalo Philosophy/Extra Credit 02-03-02 The Problem With Evil The Problem With Evil refers to the statement; "No evil happens to a good person in this life or after death". The question at hand refers to the statement being accurate or not. Depending on how you define the words; "good", and "person", this statement may be construed as inaccurate or accurate.
We must first define the words "good", and "person". The American Heritage defines "good" as being; (1a) "Virtuous; Valid or True". It also defines "person" as; (2a) "Self; the personality of a human being". However the Dictionary also has these alternative definitions: good - (1b) "Genuine; Real": person - (2b) "the living body of a human being".
If you are to believe definition (2a), that there is more to a person than the physical body, our statement in question could be considered accurate. The thought or notion to be "true", and or the "personality of a human being" is a concept.
These concepts are forever true or changeless (eternal). Our ability to become aware of these concepts may illustrate something eternal within ourselves. Thus making the statement accurate because whatever evil happens to the physical body is not harming the real person.
If one is to believe definition (2b), the physical body is what makes up a person, and then the statement in question could be considered inaccurate. The idea that the physical body is the real person is that one that exists objectively. Thus making the statement inaccurate because one cannot live life and expect to never encounter situations that may be harmful or injurious to the body (real person).
This brings up the question of being good. Can a "good person" be one who believes the body is the real person?" If yes...