Friday, December 6, 2013
Purposeful Isolation vs. Complacency
I know we talked about this a bit in class regarding the conclusion, but I wanted to talk about it a little more. I personally think Voltaire wanted to present the complacency like that of the sailor who let Jacques drown as something different from the old man's shunning of the the rest of the world. I disagree with this view. I really don't see how they are very different, especially since both approaches lead to inaction, which then leads to no one stopping others from suffering. If both lead to suffering of others, how is purposeful ignorance any better than complacency? Candide's little group may be able to find something like happiness, but if they don't share that happiness with others, how are they any less greedy than they were when they were seeking material wealth?