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by Jonathan Swift

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In Gulliver's Travels, what is Swift's message for humanity?

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Swift's message for humanity is that people will flourish when they exercise strong compassion toward other humans and common sense.

Swift does this by creating a naive, gullible character (Gulliver) who doesn't know enough to lie. He therefore baldly reports what he sees. By speaking honestly about European society, Gulliver reveals its barbarism. But, because he also honestly records the behavior of the people he travels among, Gulliver also show the flaws in human behavior as a whole. Often, these have to do with putting personal pride and ego needs ahead of seeing the bigger picture: the Lilliputians, for instance, want to execute Gulliver for putting out a palace fire with his pee, saying it was disrespectful, but they miss the bigger picture— by reacting quickly, Gulliver probably saved lives.

Likewise, the scientists at the academy at Lagado, a spoof on the British Royal Academy, put their own ambitions ahead of the well-being of their experimental subjects and cause suffering...

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