Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What's With Voltaire ?

I chose Candide because I like Voltaire. Not that am very well versed in French Literature and Philosophy . It's just the name Voltaire that appealed to me.

So why Voltaire ?

Vol-Taire.

Vol in French means Flight or Theft.
Taire is the verb to Silence, to make someone Shut up.
Taire or Tayr in Arabic is Bird.

So could it be that Voltaire means the Theft of a Bird, or the Silencing of a Bird, or to end it on a more optimistic note as in the Optimist (another name for Candide), the Flight of a Bird ?

Knowing how Reality is made, it's most likely the combination of all three.