A Partial List of (Mainly) Natural Evils
[The most newsworthy evils are italicized.]
ACTS OF NATURE & NATURAL THREATS
Earthquakes and tsunamis
Storms, floods and mudslides
Droughts and famines
Epidemics (e.g., AIDS, The Spanish Flu, The Black Death)
Viral Disease (e.g., smallpox killed an estimated 300-500 million in the 20th century)
Microbial Disease (e.g., malaria is the greatest historical cause of premature death killing one to three million every year)
Genetic disease (e.g., Down’s Syndrome & about 7500 other congenital illnesses)
Parasites, venomous snakes et al., rabid dogs, ornery hippos, man-eating tigers, etc.
Falls (stairs, ladders, balconies, cliffs, defective parachutes, etc.)
Boat sinkings (esp. ferry boats) & drownings
THE HUMAN CONDITION
Poverty & exploitation
Depression & other mental illnesses
Ugliness, physical deformity, mental disability
Physical disability (blindness, deafness, lameness, etc.)
Loneliness & boredom
Alcoholism & drug addiction
Cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.
Ill health, chronic pain, quadriplegia
Accidents (automobile accidents, industrial accidents, house & other fires, mining accidents, train crashes, airplane crashes, structural collapses, freak accidents)
Aging (e.g., arthritis, osteoporosis, cataracts, hearing loss, Alzheimer’s, etc.)
Infant mortality & death in child-birth
Economic calamities (depressions, bank failures, unemployment, hyperinflation, etc.)
War (including the threat of nuclear war), class conflict, social unrest
Crime-related death and mayhem
Unfulfilled or frustrated desires and ambitions (e.g., unrequited love)
Instinctive dislike of certain people in our lives, especially next of kin
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