Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Candide

Voltaire's magnum opus is the novella Candide.  I first read it as part of the required reading the summer before my freshman year of high school, then went through it again a few months ago.  During my first reading, much of the satire escaped me and I viewed the book as okay. 

This time, however, I had a much better appreciation of the cutting satire found throughout the story.  The contrast of eternal optimism in the face of rampant evil is just as thought provoking today as it was in the middle of the 18th century.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Measure of a Life

Recently I've watched as a good friend has dealt with the premature death of a college friend.  I had the pleasure of meeting the man once.  He was a good, godly man.  Through Facebook, I've seen as many people who knew him much better than I did have payed a tribute to him in their own way.  I've seen just how many lives he's touched during his abbreviated time on this Earth.

How do you measure a life?  It's not about what you have because possessions are temporary.  They won't follow your soul after death.  All that really matters is the life you've lead on Earth and the impact that you leave on those around you.  We only get one chance at life and we need to give it our all.