drawing by marguerita
"Good nature and good sense must ever join; / To err is human, to forgive divine."
Observing what is happening left and right,I can only turn my mind into Candide's "We must cultivate our garden"......
Voltaire and Mme du Chatelet warmed to the philosophical Optimism which had been expressed in Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733-4) .http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/apope.htm
-In this or any other sphere,
Secure to be as blest as thou cansthttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/08/nyregion/08cnd-weather.html?hp bear;
Safe in the hand of one disposing power,
Or in the natal,or in the mortal hour.
All nature is but art,unknown to thee;
All chance,direction which thou canst not see;
All discord,harmony not understood;
All partial evil,universal good;
And,spite of pride,in erring reason's spite,
One truth is clear,Whatever is,is right.
Voltaire's stories mix education and entertainment to the point where they are indistinguishable.Fiction,in this way,may sometimes be truer than logic.Laughter is an antidote to the poison of evil.
from an introduction to Candide by Roger Pearson