The best of all possible worlds

@article{Barlow1997TheBO,
  title={The best of all possible worlds},
  author={John Perry Barlow},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1997},
  volume={40},
  pages={68-74}
}
  • J. Barlow
  • Published 1 February 1997
  • Philosophy
  • Commun. ACM
8. Now this supreme wisdom [i.e., God], united to a goodness that is no less infinite, cannot but have chosen the best. For as a lesser evil is a kind of good, even so a lesser good is a kind of evil if it stands in the way of a greater good; and there would be something to correct in the actions of God if it were possible to do better. ... [S]o it may be said likewise in respect of perfect wisdom, which is no less orderly than mathematics, that if there were not the best (optimum) among all… 
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