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Ic is actually a savage satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan Fast funny often outrageous the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide a If this is the best of possible worlds what then are the others If the world was created to drive us mad as one character in Candide suggests it is uite well suited for its purpose and running like a fine tuned machine If on the other hand everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds as the optimist philosopher Pangloss claims in admiration for Leibniz idea of a benevolent planning organised deity the above uestion is fair and scary What are the other worlds like if this is the best the creator can manage Candide is born into a garden Eden and taught the dogma of optimistic thinking before being thrown out into the cruel world and embarking on an absurdly funny incredibly brutal and increasingly cynical odyssey around a fictionalised yet recognisable violent and unfair world Consistently striving to understand his surroundings he keeps asking uestions and challenging the people he meets and he keeps reflecting on the events he witnesses such as the earthuake in Lisbon in 1755 How does reality fit in with metaphysical thoughts Is it possible to reconcile life and faith and satisfy both body and soul while facing the blatant ineuality in the worldIn the end Candide resigns himself to his own active but detached business of cultiver notre jardin working to be able to shut out the atrocities of the world He emancipates himself from the philosophical framework of his teacher Pangloss even though he lets him keep on reflecting in his typical way thus demonstrating tolerance than Pangloss himself accomplishesWhen I first read Candide some twenty years ago I thought of it as a roller coaster ride through different societies on a uest to find individual meaning and happiness by figuring out what matters in life I considered the external circumstances and the Leibnizian optimism a highly exaggerated sarcastic joke a backdrop for the development of the idea that bliss is to be found in active yet private pursuit of small scale business without dogmatic allegiances to any creed be it religious social or politicalNow I am not so sure about the exaggeration any having spent decades studying the interactions between human beings and their habit of labelling a total disaster a great win positioning themselves somewhere in the grey zone between delusional optimism brutal cynicism and complete disregard for truthL optimisme c est la rage de soutenir ue tout est bien uand on est malIf that is what the leaders of the world support and the majority of populations accept in resignation while minding their own private business how can we ever get to the point of attempting to fix the problems of this best of possible worldsAcknowledging the issues would be the first step wouldn t it If we maintain climate change isn t happening we will have human induced catastrophes of the scale of the flood following the Lisbon earthuake If we do not fight injustice and violence but claim it is part of the bigger picture of the best possible of worlds life will continue to be as brutal for our contemporaries as it was for Candide and his friends I should like to know which is worse to be ravished a hundred times by pirates and have a buttock cut off and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians and be flogged and hanged in an auto da fe and be dissected and have to row in a galley in short to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered or simply to sit here and do nothing That is a hard uestion said Candide Having grown older and angry at the world I do not agree with the two options presented Life is not either about passively suffering it or withdrawing from the world altogether it is about actively looking for change It is about honestly admitting that we do not live in the best possible of worlds while keeping up the fight to make it a tiny bit better despite feeling despair creeping into our hearts every so often It is about cultiver notre jardin but not hidden away in a remote corner The garden of our shared global community has to be tended It is not oblivious exclusive Eden and never will be But it can be a good enough place to live if the Candides of this world decide to make it a common project one that shows collaborative commitment despite continuous disappointment I still love Candide with all my heart but I think it is about time he applies the knowledge he gained from travelling the world to make it a bearable place to be for all people starting by telling optimistic Pangloss that facts are important than a false mantra hiding the issues under propagandaIl faut cultiver notre plan te malgr tout

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Candide ou l'Optimisme

Candide is the story of a gentle man who though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds On the surface a witty bantering tale this eighteenth century class Bonjour M Candide Bienvenue au site Goodreads u en pensez vous It s OK we can speak English Pour encourager les autres as one might say Eh super I mean good So what do you make of twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympathiue I am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament It is a great moment for la d mocratie Now there will be des lections the people will be able to choose better representatives we will see that the country has become stronger as a result So really it was a good thing Oh of course all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds What Including I don t know the Ira War Absoluement It is similar If M Bush had not started this very unpopular war then the American voters would never have decided to choose M Obama who you can see is the best possible pr sident you could have at this moment tr s difficile de l histoire But I think they chose him than anything else because of the economic meltdown Bien s r the war on its own would not have been enough la crise conomiue also was necessary All is for the best M Candide you think that global warming and the impending collapse of the world s climate is also for the best Mais a se voit Because of the global warming la science et la technologie will be forced to make new avances people in all countries will start to work together and we will enter a new golden age Soon it will be as in El Dorado that I visited once in l Ameriue du Sud Um So I suppose that the spread of AIDS in sub Saharan Africa genocide in Rwanda and Rush Limbaugh are also good things when you look at them from the right angle Evidement First le SIDA By making drug companies and researchers focus on No wait Forget AIDS What about Stephenie Meyer Is she a good thing too Eh oui non this book Fascination how do you say Twilight alors If only my dear Doctor Pangloss was here he could explain to you

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Round Candide ou PDF the world to discover that contrary to the teachings of his distinguished tutor Dr Pangloss all is not always for the best Alive with wit brilliance and graceful storytelling Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated wor Zounds This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide s awful adventures Who would have thought that murder rape slavery sexual exploitation natural disaster pillaging theft and every other oppression imaginable could be so funnyHere s some pretty good insight from the old woman with one buttock I have been a hundred times upon the point of killing myself but still I was fond of life This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of the dangerous principles implanted in our nature For what can be absurd than to persist in carrying a burden of which we wish to be eased to detest and yet to strive to preserve our existence In a word to caress the serpent that devours us and hug him close to our bosoms till he has gnawed into our hearts We can try to remain optimistic and rationalize that the horrors we witness are all a part of some plan but the choice to keep on living is a truly irrational one given all of the evidence available for us to consider We go on living against our better judgment and in spite of all of our misery It is what we were born to do You lack faith said Candide It is because said Martin I have seen the world


10 thoughts on “Candide ou l'Optimisme

  1. says:

    Bonjour M Candide Bienvenue au site Goodreads u'en pensez vous It's OK we can speak English Pour encourager les autres as one might say Eh super I mean good So what do you make of twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympat

  2. says:

    Voltaire's novel introduces the reader to Candide a wide eyed calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that everything in the world is for the best One of the first scenes is filled with two emotional opposites for Candide who first gets to kiss his love Cunegonde behind a screen only to then be kicked out of the castle literally by the Baron of Thunder ten Tronckh

  3. says:

    Slightly disappointed with the next Gabriel Garcia Maruez I took on this classic next IN ONE SITTINGJSWhere has this one been all my life I adore Candide because it is rife with adventure it is a speedy read and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts It transcends literature itselfCompare this to Dante To Shakespeare I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of

  4. says:

    Candide is an accessible masterpiece which demonstrated to the world Volatire's genius as a satirist The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the cause and effect philosophy

  5. says:

    I dedicate this review to my dear friend Roger a writer of inspiring reviews This is in great part in answer to your uestion Do you ever read anything lightRoger made me think what major literature work as nothing less would do that

  6. says:

    “If this is the best of possible worlds what then are the others”If the world was created to drive us mad as one character in Candide suggests it is uite well suited for its purpose and running like a fine tuned machine If on the other hand everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds as the optimist philosopher Pangloss claims in admiration for Leibniz' idea of a benevolent planning organised deity th

  7. says:

    I’m afraid this classic and long winded anarchist rant is still as much Over the Top as it always was for meYesStill a bit much indeedSure I see what Voltaire is railing at Effete philosophically liberal posturing without a heartBut aren’t theorists of all stripes NOW or less heartless Ah for the old Kantian daysNo wonder we’re at our current impasse everywhereSure I know where Voltaire is coming from He’s comin

  8. says:

    panglossian adj characterized by or given to extreme optimism especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity If an English word came from a book's character that must be something If the book was writte

  9. says:

    Zounds This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide's awful adventures Who would have thought that murder rape slavery sexual exploitation natural disaster pillaging theft and every other oppression imaginable could be so funnyHere's some pretty good insight from the old woman with one butto

  10. says:

    Consider me dramatically and uneuivocally unimpressed I did not laugh once I do not engage with stories that are simple allegory to represent a philosophy I want a little bit of substance I want some storytelling involvedCall it a product of its time if you like but laziness is the word that comes to mind I won't waste any words here

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