You’re so funny. Well, instead of a different thread, here’s a nutshell version: Aquinas argues that all things are good insofar as they possess real existence (this would include fulfilling their functions, flourishing in their functions, etc. An example would be a cup with a hole in the bottom. It’s no longer a good cup, but that’s merely because it has lost “being” as a cup. Since it lost being, it correspondingly lost goodness as well).
If humans reject God to such an extent that they end up in a Hell-type situation, they have lost the goodness of their human-ness as well, and correspondingly lose their being as humans. It could be that the only good they could know in eternity—the only bit of God they could know, in other words—is continued existence, continued being, in a minimal state.
So God allows them the goodness of continued existence by stopping them, “freezing” them, so to speak. Otherwise, they would continue to progress away from Him, and lose existence entirely at some point. They would lose even the piece of goodness they have retained.
Therefore, hell is a manifestation of God’s love. I’m thinking of Dante right now: this is why Dante (influenced by Aquinas) does two things: (1) He puts on the sign over the entrance to Hell, “Primal Love made me.” (2) He makes the bottom of Hell, where he places Satan, a vast swamp of ice (instead of fire). Satan cannot move out of the place he is frozen. In other words, he is as far from God as possible, and God will not allow even him to go any further away.
Metaphorically speaking, of course. I don’t think Satan is frozen in ice anywhere. :twocents: