MY FINAL WORDS ON YOUR REVOLUTION

Refer to this page if you are confused as to why I am speaking weirdly. – Tony


 

During my long life as a philosopher, writer and playwright, I have stood on the far edge of human thinkers with my ingenious ideas. I wrote about the ideal world, with more reason behind our actions, less tradition like religion. Other countries respected me, trusted me for my work against tyranny, bigotry and cruelty, but France, you have always been hesitant. Looking back at this whole “revolution”, I see that you have strayed from the right path. Look at what that guy Robespierre did, committing murder in the name of public safety. And guess why he did that, gee, I wonder if that’s because he is hugely influenced by that creature named Rousseau? In any case, if you, had listened, all of this bloodshed and savagery could not have happened, and the misery you had forced upon your people would be lesser.        – Voltaire, past revolution

-1780s, My Final Years in Life

Refer to this page if you don’t get what is happening or why I am Voltaire from the French Revolution.


Hear ye, hear ye! I am François-Marie Arouet, or Voltaire, a French writer and philosopher. Here I present “Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Monarchy!”…

I am writing this pamphlet in comment of the situation right now. Among all this debating and rhetoric, I want to remind you all of what I have said, that monarchy, is indeed, the best way of government for a country as large as France. It would be just too time consuming to fully consult the opinions of the people with what ways of communication we have, for instance. Quoting myself:

“I would rather obey a fine lion, much stronger than myself, than two hundred rats of my own species.” 

Heed not the rabble who scream revolution, they had not the best plan for you. Chaos and bloodshed are not a solution, don’t let them led you astray. This monarch does not speak for me, nor does all these poor and dumb men. I pray the King will confess all sins, at last, at last. Inspired by Samuel Seabury.  I see the injustice, clerical abuses, prejudice, and fanaticism in France, and don’t get me wrong, I am not saying our monarchs are doing just fine. They are not, as a matter of fact, as you readers may have noticed. The thing that we need to do now, is to try to break the barriers of superstition and let reason guide us into a world with better policies like the ones in England (English religious tolerance and freedom of speech). What we will have, in the end, is an enlightened monarchy, full of wise men and led by reason instead of traditions like what the Church had imposed us with.

My obstacle could be you, reading this paragraph. Don’t be persuaded by rats in our society, and if you are one of them yourself, think of the idea of a revolution against one of the most powerful nation in the world. Where will you get your guns, or would you settle for a fork? What comes after the revolution, do you think that all you farmers and bakers can honestly set up a society?

Towards this issue, I am doing what I could to pass my ideas on to more and more people. During my stay in the King’s court, he found that he is already enlightened, just too authoritarian. I encourage fellow writers to speak up, not to harshly, and to influence the court if not the King.