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Preface
Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;
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Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.

NameJean Jacques Rousseau
Life1712 - 1778
CountryFrance
CategoryIdealism
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Words are tricky. Voltaire well characterized the cerebral activity of the powerful: "They use thought only to warrant their injustice, and employ words only to conceal their thoughts." Happiness is one of these tricky words, as we have seen. Freedom is another. Both are able to fire the masses into a violent revolutionary mood. Rousseau hated the fetters upon freedom which robbed the masses of their happiness. He saw them everywhere. These chains were not only hateful, they were unjust. They should be thrown off! How? With the help of "the general will"! Rousseau became famous for his concept of "la volonté géneral", the "general will" of the whole population. This, too, can be seen as yet another expression of the monotheistic desire for absolute power, well concealed behind a beautiful concept. That is how it was used by, for instance, Lenin: I know what the masses really wish. I thus represent the general will of the people. Those who are against me are against democracy and the people! Hobbes, the great cynic, sometimes permitted himself
to be ironic. All men are equal, he once said, in only one aspect: they consider themselves to be the best ruler of their nation. Who knows what the "general will" is? Everybody can have his own opinion on that. Some, however, are so stupid that they honestly believe everybody else agrees with them or, at least, should agree with their high and infallible judgement on what is good and evil. Some can and have used the idea of the "general will" to justify their attempts to throw off the fetters of the multitude by violent revolution. The French society at the end of the first seriously capitalist century was a tinderbox. The tensions between the old feudalist powers "by the grace of God", and the new parvenu bourgeois, "by the grace of Money", was huge. The gaps between rich and poor had grown enormously. The naive words, imputed to the headless Marie Antoinette - don't they have bread? why don't they give them cookies? - epitomizes the situation. There can be no doubt about it: Rousseau's idea of getting rid of the imagined chains with the help of the "general will" was a match thrown into that tinderbox! Haughty philosophers can hardly consider themselves above the fry when their words are timber on horrible fires!
 

 
 


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