Candide Readalong c. 9-16

I think I’m getting more into the spirit of the thing, but how this can be viewed as philosophically applicable in real life, I’m not sure. Candide and crew go from one absurdly horrific situation to another with moments of absurdly great situations thrown in.   No question Voltaire is wryly pointing out the wealth of the church vs. the suffering of the poor they’re supposed to be helping, etc., but there’s absolutely no benefit to being good or punishment for doing harm.   People are indiscriminately rewarded and punished for things beyond their control constantly.   There is no apparent justice anywhere.   And while that does bear some resemblance to life, it’s not quite so bad as that.   In Candide’s world, there’s absolutely no reason to try to behave well, as you’ll just as likely be hanged in an auto-da-fé or pushed off a boat as to suddenly get rich and live in a palace.   But 16 chapters in I just feel – okay, what’s next?

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One thought on “Candide Readalong c. 9-16”

  1. I was intrigued with El Dorado. It was the only place where life seemed somewhat sensible, or at least outside the crazy world of Candide’s experience. Does that mean Voltaire is trying to tell us that a world where people are giving and sensible and follow rules that help the whole society is only a dream/myth? Hmmmm ……. I’ve read the next section and I’m hoping Voltaire has something up his sleeve for the end!

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