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"If so then it follows that such standards come from a place beyond us, and the burden of meeting them at a universal level does not fall entirely upon our own narrow shoulders."

It would not at all fall on our shoulders. That's the difficult situation of any God, gods or higher principle beyond us as human beings. It would be responsible for the bad things too--the bad things that happen without human intention and 'will'. And also the bad things that we do 'willfully' or 'consciously'.

Of course, if that higher principle is also bound by 'randomness' or maybe rather absurdity, un-graspableness and not willfully changeable conditions. Then the responsibility is lifted but also dilutingly distributed onto all living beings.

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