Our knowledge is a key to our success and happiness in our life to give us personal satisfaction. Knowledge is power but not always. Sometimes our self-awareness and growth as an individual gives us negative thoughts that make us want to go back to undo it. Everyone wants to unlearn a part in our life that brought us pain and problems. Good or bad experiences brought by true wisdom can be used for our self-acceptance, self-fulfillment and these experiences would make us stronger as we walk to the road of our so called “life”, but Douglas’s and my experience about knowledge confirmed his belief that “Knowledge is a curse”.
At this point in the novel I saw Thrasymachus’s flaw and also the reason why Socrates has silenced Thrasymachus. Injustice, in my opinion, may be better as a short-term plan for pleasure, but in the long run the unjust man will be condemned by just men of his evil deeds, thus leading to his downf... ... middle of paper ... ...nally, Socrates points out that, in his perfect State, philosophers will always have the advantage over other types of rulers because they have wisdom and knowledge, which gives them the ability to govern justly and wisely. In my opinion, Socrates’s perfect State sounded plenty like the scenario progressing in the debate. Socrates, since he is a great philosopher, had the advantage over everyone because he was wise and intelligent in his arguments; therefore he obviously knew more about justice than anyone else. So, in conclusion, Socrates won the debate on the definition of justice.
If humanity were to see the hopeful message of The Scarlet Letter, they could see that suffering is a virtue in disguise, one that allows Man to see his faults and weaknesses laid out before him, and perhaps correct them. The novel explains that suffering is meant to test the human resolve, in order to make them grow. For it is a terrible thing to suffer; yet it is a beautiful thing to suffer and be strong.
The work’s protagonists undergo many hardships and learn, eventually, to avoid boredom, vice, and poverty, in order to be satisfied. Dostoyevsky certainly would have read Candide, and offered his own advice for living a fulfilling life in Notes from Underground. Dostoyevsky claims that mankind must prove to itself it’s not a purely rational being and can only be free by rejecting total rationality. By comparing these works, it becomes clear how these differences in teleology trickle down to their views on all things, including the role of art. To Voltaire, nothing is more important in art than provoking an emotional response.
“In the various enumerations of the moral virtues I had met with in my reading,... ... middle of paper ... ... he just fell short of his goal. Yet this did not discourage Franklin for he was made a better and happier man than he would have been. Franklin also realized that it was good not to be perfect because friends would hate and envy him; so it is better to keep a few faults in order to save face. All is well that ends well. This statement best describes Franklin’s endeavor into morality.
Candide: A Satire On The Enlightenment Works Cited Missing Candide is an outlandishly humorous, far-fetched tale by Voltaire satirizing the optimism espoused by the philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. It is the story of a young man’s adventures throughout the world, where he witnesses much evil and disaster. Throughout his travels, he adheres to the teachings of his tutor, Pangloss, believing that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Candide is Voltaire’s answer to what he saw as an absurd belief proposed by the Optimists - an easy way to rationalize evil and suffering. Though he was by no means a pessimist, Voltaire refused to believe that what happens is always for the best.The Age of Enlightenment is a term applied to a wide variety of ideas and advances in the fields of philosophy, science, and medicine.
However, the main point Voltaire makes at the end of this novel with the garden is that to be content is to be happy. All the characters in the book were searching for happiness and yet always found discontent. It is at the end that finally Candide understands to be happy it is necessary to do something he is content in, and thus finds happiness. This is important to the satire of the whole, because it is Voltaire’s summation of all the criticisms, all that is wrong with society. This book is just an all out attack on society, and uses humor to illustrate his views.
At all levels, he exercised the mental powers, and the ever-present duty aspect minimized the intellectual and moral errors in his life. He believed that, for a person to live virtuously, he must get rid of ignorance and folly. Socrates cherished and felt a profound sympathy with the erring humanity, thus was deeply conscious of the human limitations and the infirmities that humanity experiences. He loved both men and women, especially those who had not learned and encouraged them to overcome the human weaknesses and frailties. However, sometimes the wrongs in society roused righteous indignation that resulted in an angry and fierce rebuke of social ills.
These techniques were vital in lightening the tone of the story, particularly as some of the scenes exposed tales of extreme depravity, and cruelty. It also gave Voltaire the opportunity to voice his personal point of view on certain subjects, such as philosophy, and religion, and to denounce the views of eminent enlightenment theorists of the period notably, Pope and Leibniz. Candide is an episodic novel, and is sim... ... middle of paper ... ..., and live in a world where villains prosper whilst good people suffer. Whereas Gronniosaw believes that, ‘God is perfect by definition, and therefore can do no wrong. Gronniosaw is truly optimistic and believes that his God will save him as he chooses to be good.
Shamash does, however, experience discontents. Since he is the guide to virtuous living and truthful action, or deeds, he is aggrieved when people disregard his ideas, such as Enkidu did. It is these discontents that go into making Shamash the ideal superego. He can use his knowledge and reasoning to make people feel guilty and apologetic for their actions. Overall, Shamash represents some of the key ideas that Freud had developed and presented in Civilization and Its Discontents.