- Sep 2021
thecitizen, forever active, sweats, bustles about, constantly frets to seek ever morelaborious tasks: he works to death, he even runs toward it in order to be in aposition to live, or he renounces life in order to acquire immortality. He courtsthe great he hates and the rich he despises; he spares nothing to obtain the honorof serving them; he boasts proudly of his baseness and of their protection and,proud of his slavery, he speaks with contempt of those who do not have thehonor of sharing it.
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his precious freedom, which is maintained by large nations onlythrough exorbitant taxes, costs you almost nothing to preserve
wait so freedom is paid for by large taxes for the community, that basically cost nothing? I suppose what is the money value of happiness? Can it be quantified? would people be willing to give up their own power and control (money) to the greater good in pursuit of happiness?? Many people are very selfish... Perhaps those with money only want to use their money to explore their passions and not share with those they feel haven't earned it. BUt how can we say one individual has earned more than another when we are born in different situations. When the climb is much longer and steeper for those born into poverty, than those born into wealth. For the impoverished, how can one flourish when they're focused on staying alive? For the wealthy, how can one flourish when they're preoccupied with all their wealth and access to all the material pleasures of the world?
For freedomis like those hearty and succulent foods or those full-bodied wines which are fitfor nourishing and fortifying robust temperaments which are accustomed tothem, but which overwhelm, ruin, and intoxicate those weak and delicatetemperaments which are not up to them.
I would have chosen a society of a sizelimited by the extent of human faculties—that is, by the possibility of being wellgoverned—and where, each person being up to his task, no one was compelledto entrust others with the functions with which he was charged; a state where, allindividuals knowing one another, neither the obscure maneuvers of vice nor themodesty of virtue could be hidden from the public’s notice and judgment, andwhere that sweet habit of seeing and knowing one another made love of thefatherland a love of the citizens rather than love of the soi
Basically imagining a society where everyone works together for the greater good of each other. Where we aren't just putting our trust (AND POWER) in the hands of others. Where we know each other well enough that we aren't separated by our power. Where no wrongdoing can be hidden from public notice or judgement because we all understand whats going on. Love for one another,not just the soil we live on. NO BOURGOIS
For regardless of what the constitution of agovernment may be, if there is a single man5 who is not subject to the law, all theothers are necessarily at his discretion (I
URLvia3.hypothes.is/proxy/static/https://inst-fs-iad-prod.inscloudgate.net/files/44c6c826-d663-40d7-a932-2e049f62a09c/Rousseau, J.J._Scott, J.T. - The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau_ The Two _Discourses_ and the _Social Contract_-University of Chicago Press (2012).pdf