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Aug 30 2017, 1:43pm

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Involved in things that "Really Matter"?


Another way to look at this would be that the Higher Powers only involve themselves in matters that are truly important. From any one person's POV, what happens to them is indeed truly important -- but the Valar definitely have different ideas about what is and isn't important. The vagaries and fluctuations of individual or community destinies doesn't seem to much rise to the level of DefCon5, requiring heavenly intervention.

Giving the Valar the benefit of the doubt (i.e., assuming they're not lazy, uncaring, and aloof!), Eru's plan seems to allow for a lot of internal fluidity. Choices are made for good and for bad, and sometimes events are constrained by forces outside individual or group control. But since that's all accounted for in Eru's plan, no intervention is needed.

But if there's something that 'must happen', like Sauron's destruction, then the Valar might just nudge things here and there, otherwise the point would come when they'd need more than just a subtle push.

OK, that was quite a stretch trying to justify the Valar, and I'm sure there's plenty of holes in what I just wrote...

(This post was edited by enanito on Aug 30 2017, 1:46pm)

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