A brief essay in which I dodge the question by referring you to three specialists...
Hey Daniel, I wonder if you have read my thoughts about the issue here - they are kind of philosophy-y: https://luctalks.substack.com/p/the-problem-of-evil-solved
All of your recommendations are great reads. Continue what you're doing. Fellow voices, even in the same shared darkness of the unknown, is comforting and helpful.
I wrote about character today, but I studiously avoided the word suffering. I did not mean to minimize suffering in the building of character, but of course it can. But then no one who is suffering wants to hear about building character.
I will be delving into the topic of evil with some fiction for Halloween. I just read Meryl Nass' recent post about her losing her medical license and being forced to have a psyche exam for "misinformation", and for prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloriquine, and I was thinking about the blood on the hands of those who went on that which hunt, and the problem for all of us if such people continue working in medicine.