November 14, 2004
The Novel "Candide" by Voltaire sends the character Candide on a journey from the innocence of youth to the wisdom of maturity. The optimism of the character is unprecedented and never seems to falter, even though he is faced with insurmountable challenges and seemingly despairing situation after situation. Still armed only with a sense of self and a personal philosophy Candide realizes that action instills action, and that distraction is a major part of happiness. The ultimate truth of the book however is quite simply put "Let us work with out theorizing." In other words to be Idle is evil.