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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

An Extract From Voltaire's `Candide' That Explains The Faith Of Die Hard Fans In Their Idol.

Voltaire is the best advocate for democracy, and separation of church from state. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day. One of his best works is `Candide’. I don’t know in what context he wrote this paragraph, but this one perfectly describes the irrational belief a few die hard supporters have in their political leaders. They don’t even know, that their idol is making a hash of the job assigned to him but vehemently abuse those who question their leader’s actions.
Here is the extract  from `Candide’ by Voltaire.
`We’re going to another world’ said Candide ` It must be the one in which all is well, because I must admit that it is possible to complain about some of the things that go on in our world, from both a physical and a moral point of view (the highlighted portion in yellow in the present context of a few societies can be seen in the behavior of a few die hard fans criticizing those who were ruling previously)
`I love you with all my heart’ said Cunegonde `but my soul is still shocked by what I’ve seen and experienced’

`Everything will go well’, replied Candide `I’ve already noticed that the sea of this New World is better than our European seas; it’s calmer, and the winds are steadier. I’m sure it’s the New World that’s the best of all possible words’ (The die-hard fans see, even the minutest of change in working of any organisation as a big achievement of their leader, and often TRUMPet it all over the social media).
                It’s happening in so many societies of the world today.

                

3 comments:

  1. I am in complete agreement with you. That's what we are witnessing in India today.

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    1. No comments from me on the second sentence

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  2. Hero worship is almost like god worship and makes the diehard fans very devoted. So the new world is perfect for them. Its imperfections have, by necessity, to belong to the previous regime.

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