Zadig ou la Destinée by Voltaire
Zadig ou la destinée: My pick for the month of march
Here’s my intro:
“Thanks to 18th-century French literature, written between 1715 and 1798, the Philosophes questioned all existing institutions: the church, the state, they applied rationalism and scientific analysis to society. The tales make it possible to talk about the human condition or society using a fictional world and characters. Voltaire uses ancient Babylon as his setting, which provides a great contrast to France of the Enlightenment. Babylonians though scientifically advanced, had a closed culture ruled by an absolute monarch. Zadig is a good-hearted, handsome young who faces problems.”
You decide: Should we take Voltaire seriously or do you believe that Voltaire is mocking the idea expressed by Leibniz and Pope that all evil leads to a greater good?