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Philosophical Optimism Life death and existence every sentient beings at one time or another have perused each concepts in regards to their own lives questioning the very philosophy that they had so easily accepted In the novel Candide by Voltaire Candide the nave protagonist of the story 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 Wouldnt it be great to believe that all were for the best and everything that happens happened for a reason The poor are poor because they are and the rich are rich because they just happened to be rich This way the poor are content with their lives and the rich are secure in knowing that the poor are kept in their place According to this absurd notion of equity all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan Instead of leading people away from such indoctrinations many prominent institutions encouraged this philosophical optimism and went even further to abuse its authority Irritated by the people blind conviction and the authoritys exploitations Voltaire uses humorous devices to satire evils he finds in philosophical optimism religion and nobility and in doing so makes clear his attack on figures of authority The absurdity and sheer stupidity of philosophical optimism are humorously presented through the use of irony contradiction and understatement The name Candide is synonymous with optimism Pure and unbelievably nave Candide follows the philosophy taught him by Pangloss that this is the best of all possible worlds Candide is used by Voltaire as a tool to show the absolute ludricracy of complete optimism According to Pangloss Candides esteemed teacher of metaphysico theologo cosmolo nigology the universe is linked in a complex chain of cause and effect and that this linking had been done by a divine creator as he created the harmonious universe Since he was benevolent omnipotent
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