Got an email about what Albert Einstein supposedly said when he was a boy. It’s about the problem of theodicy, i.e. how can a good God who is also omnipotent allow evil to exist.
What the young Einstein in a reenactment said to the professor was an analogy. He said darkness is not real. Really it is the absence of light. It is nothing in itself. Likewise, darkness is not a thing. Rather it’s the absence of light. The analogy, of course, is that evil is not a “thing” in itself but rather the absence of God’s love.
That doesn’t resolve the issue, but I thought it is a pretty good response.