The smile of voltaire

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No one would forget such a quote when you once heard it, especially if you are born in a period full of inequitable and unfair treatment, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. The author of this quote is Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, a man who leads us to the world of liberty and justice, which would never be a desirable world for us before. As 3rd estate people, we would never think of opposing the tyranny upon us just like we would never think of coming to the king to ask him to chop off our head. We would never fight for demanding more crops that we grow with our sweat and tears even though we are in a hungry condition. We are burdened by the heavy taxes in the entire affair, even salt. We suffer under an extremely unfair legal system. We lose our dignity in front of the nobles and priests. They are human beings, God’s precious creations. Who are we? Are we not human as well? Are we not loved by God? I do not know what we are supposed to do. What can we do? We, the people that they called the 3rd estate, are illiterate. We do not know reason and change. We just know the fate is decided when we are born. Our sense of endurance and perseverance allow us to laugh and live under the poor and unequal. Of course we want to change, for sure we want a better life, but we do not know how to achieve these goals. We know nothing. Who does not wish to be born in the wealthy family? Who want to live in such poverty and hunger without pride? That is why the coming of Voltaire is like bright sun, shining over our life. It brings us hope and the chance of a better future. He came to us. When he first burst into our life, we thought he was foolish, by giving new and crazy ideas, but eventually we know he is a hero. Voltaire has exposed us to new ideas which are unpredictable, uncontrollable, and truly inspiring.
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