Said the brahmin to me one day: i wish i had never been born on my asking why, he answered: i have been studying forty years, and that is forty years wasted i teach others and myself am ignorant of everything.
I read the story to find out if he is using good brahman as oxymoron or stereotype it sounded more like is the brahman's choice a good one choosing to be unhappy for not understanding the essence of hs reality over being happy with something which is not a part of the his reality.
Voltaire's story of the good brahmin is an eloquent defense of the lowly philosopher on the one hand, the brahmin is upset that so much time pondering the big questions has left him nowhere but on the other hand, he wouldn't trade places with his happy but unknowing neighbor. Story of a good brahmin [for the text of the story, go here] (1) a perennial question that this story prompts the reader to ask is: what (for you) is the good life needless to say, this involves a thick packet of specific issues, among which are what makes the brahmin in this story a sympathetic character.
The good brahmin in voltaire’s, the good brahmin, voltaire speaks of an encounter with an old brahmin forces him to think whether it is better to be ignorant and blissful or aware of one’s ignorance and unhappy. Story of a good brahmin [for the text of the story, go here ] (1) a perennial question that this story prompts the reader to ask is: what (for you ) is the good life. Voltaire: story of a good brahmin for those of you not familiar with voltaire's the good brahmin a link has been provided to it it is a brief tale of a very wise man, who is jealous of his ignorant neighbor's happiness. The good brahmin does happiness result from ignorance or from knowledge in my travels i once happened to meet with an aged bramin this man had a great share of understanding and prudence, and was very learned. The story of a good brahmin [this is an interesting short story on philosophy written by voltaire(1694-1778), one of the great french writers travelling through india, i met an old gentleman of the highest caste, a brahmin, a very wise man, witty and learned.
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In my travels i once happened to meet with an aged brahmin this man had a great share of understanding and prudence, and was very learned he was also very rich, and his riches added greatly to his popularity, for, wanting nothing that wealth could procure, he had no desire to defraud any one.