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Thus spake Dr. Pangloss. Learn why this is the best of all possible worlds. Join our book club. It’s free.

Posted in 1 by Editor on February 17, 2009

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Candide and Cacambo see two monkeys apparently attacking two women. Candide shoots the monkeys but then wonders if they might have been lovers. Engraving from Voltaire’s Candide.  Drawing by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune.  Etching by Emmanuel de Ghendt. 1803. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. 

 
“What would Dr. Pangloss have said of Gonzi’s decision to abandon the Co-Cathedral Museum Extension Project?  That it happened for us common mortals to appreciate Dr. Gonzi’s limitless respect for national unity. That this is proof that this is the best of all worlds and whatever happens at any moment in any situation is the best that could have happened in that moment in that situation. Also, that it is one unavoidable event in an unavoidable concatenation of events that will lead to the appointment of the best possible person as Maltese Commissioner of the European Union. And that, therefore, what happened was good as all that happens is good and what is not good does not happen. Thus would Dr. Pangloss have said. And if you say otherwise you are a Labourite and your mother is a peroxide blonde with red skirt, white T-shirt and plastic accessories. And if you deny that this is the best of all possible worlds you are an ahmar or a hadra.”
Liberally adapted from a comment submitted on February 15th at 16:07 by visitor Jeffrey Cutajar. Read the original and other comments at  https://watersbroken.wordpress.com/watersbroken-book-club/
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  1. Abel Abela said, on February 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you Pangloss, today – Wednesday 18 February 2009 the audited accounts of Enemalta have shown me this is indeed the best of possible Regulated worlds.

    What would Dr. Pangloss have said of Dr Gonzi’s decision to postpone making up his mind whether to decide or not on a revised revision of a hypothetical reconsideration of Malta’s surreal water and electricity tariffs? And what would dear old Pangloss make of the Regulator’s “yes yes tariffs will be revised back – no no no I never said that”? That it happened for us common mortals to appreciate Dr. Gonzi’s limitless respect for national gullibility.That this is proof that this is the best of all worlds and whatever happens at any moment in any situation is the best that could have happened in that moment in that situation. (Never mind the fact that crude oil is trading at USD35 per barrel. And that the price of oil has gone down steeply since September, Med-Platts and all included.) But Dr Pangloss may yet find GonziPN’s arithmetical perambulations inevitable considering that Enemalta has strategically timed the publication of its LM7 million loss in 2007 – despite public subsidies from taxpayer money to the tune of LM18 million. With LM35 million in subsidies and LM53 million in surcharges paid by Maltese families, dear Pangloss, “the (old) tariffs were still not high enough to finance operations”. Thus spake Zarathustra. Revision, anyone?


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