we suffer or cause suffering, either through our own perversity, or ignorance or some unexplained residue of evil, and He suffers with us. Always He welcomes us and gives us free choices to come from us and we have to approach this with full understanding of how far short of His perfect ideal we have fallen. I think of God, therefore, as essentially democratic, seeking our participation in His love, not as an autocrat.
But I live usually on a level far below that, where I act by more matter-of-fact rules of thumb. I find in myself the desire to excel by hard work, which I try to make creative by using all my acquired know-how, and all the ingenuity I can muster, with a taking of risks that I try to calculate. That adds up