The universe is neither cruel nor benevolent. It is absolutely indifferent and devoid of emotion. Some living things have emotions and can be cruel or benevolent.
You don’t have to be smart to feel pain or pleasure, but you will have to be alive in order to die. To the universe it’s just change from one state to another state.
The point is, if there is a god, is he indifferent to and devoid of emotion? If so, how can anyone believe he is benevolent? My argumant is not with people who don’t believe in god, it’s with people who do and who also claim their god is benevolent.