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The world is a place of chaos nowadays At every turn of a corner there is desolation triggered from humanitys sidetracked views of what the world is about With all this deception and superficiality pureness in the human soul seems almost non-existent Michel de Montaigne recognizes the essential need of this purity for the improvement of society in his Essays Although the main topics he is focusing own are his own nature own habits and own opinions he uses these personal vignettes to illustrate larger truths about man and his behaviors his strengths and weaknesses He subtly forces us to see the materialistic ideals that supposedly make us happy and dares us to see how it has tainted our minds and souls Through his work he sets out to encourage man in the careful study of himself in order to understand life and the world around himThe meaning of purity in humans to Montaigne is expressed in his short note to the reader to live under the sweet liberty of Natures primal laws 3 To have purity meant to have simplicity to live contently with what Mother Nature has given us and as little artifice as possible What does Montaigne mean by artifice Artifice is the unnecessary magnificence which drains away immediately from use or money 334 In On Coaches we see Montaignes frustration with societys tendency to attempt to gain respect with deeds of the purse-string rather than true deeds of virtue 338 He asserts that this type of generosity doesnt have any real influence because of the tainted intentions behind it Montaigne urges us to see the limits of the mind that is shaped by shallowness and materialistic possessions He speaks with a harsh tone and against the ides of a universe which flows on while we are in it how puny and stunted in the knowledge of the most inquisitive men 341 trying to wake society out of he oblivion of artifice
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