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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beginnings (2)—Émile

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Jean Jacques Rousseau, Émile

Jean Jacques Rousseau [a]
Rousseau, (solitary) walker [b]
Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the Author of things; everything degenerates in the hands of man. He forces one soil to nourish the products of another, one tree to bear the fruit of another. He mixes and confuses the climates, the seasons. He mutilates his dog, his horse, his slave. He turns everything upside down; he disfigures everything; he loves deformity, monsters. He wants nothing as nature made it, not even man; for him, man must be trained like a school horse; man must be fashioned in keeping with his fancy like a tree in his garden.[1]

Émile ou de l'education [c]
Tout est bien sortant des mains de l’Auteur des choses, tout dégénère entre les mains de l’homme. Il force une terre à nourrir les productions d’une autre, un arbre à porter les fruits d’un autre ; il mêle et confond les climats, les éléments, les saisons ; il mutile son chien, son cheval, son esclave ; il bouleverse tout, il défigure tout, il aime la difformité, les monstres ; il ne veut rien tel que l’a fait la nature, pas même l’homme ; il le faut dresser pour lui, comme un cheval de manège ; il le faut contourner à sa mode, comme un arbre de son jardin.[2]

[1] Jean Jacques Rousseau, Émile or On Education (New York: Basic Books, 1979), 37.
[2] Jean Jacques Rousseau, Émile ou de l’education (Paris: Garnier-Flammarion, 1966), 35. 

[a] Jean Jacques Rousseau.
[b] Rousseau, (solitary) walker.

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