In many novels, the philosophical, religious, or sociological problem of evil is hinted at. When a writer creates a plot, should we feel like the appropriate type of intellectual where we give advice on how to solve some aspect of that problem? Are we illusionists or do we offer escapism when (I'll admit, it's ideal) the plot is resolved with a happy ending? Should the best plot simply teach a lesson, perhaps in a light and funny way? I'd like to see your opinions!