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A Waif in the Wind of Obsessive CorruptionA professor once asked me to write an essay on what I thought was the philosophy of life Assuming money was no object and society permitted it what would I consider my garden Not giving it much thought I threw together what I thought would suffice Later upon giving it considerable thought I realized I truly had no opinion on the subject My mother once told me that the meaning of life was in fact life itself She said that the ability to live and make our own destinies come true was the real reason behind our existence However society plays a large part in what we consider an ideal life As children were taught to conform strive for superiority and achieve overall success As adults were conditioned into believing that a rejection of these values is a waste of human life In some instances a rejection of these values is due to the anxiety associated with compliance Society can be and is corrupt in many different ways Within our lives we are subject but not limited to corruptions within religion corruptions of morals and corruption within the government Voltaire the author of Candide and Robert Zemeckis the director of Forrest Gump both use grotesquely nave protagonists to illustrate their view of the world in which they live Nevertheless Candide and Forrest surrounded by a corrupt society and bombarded by various character defining events are able to come to a higher understanding as to their philosophy of life Candide by Voltaire is a story about an optimistic young man who encounters various misfortunes on his search for an ideal world Having unfortunately been kicked out of his home for the love of Lady Cunegonde Candide suffers through many natural and unnatural catastrophes during his travels However holding on to his claim that all is for the best Candide travels the world abroad with a totally nave attitude
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