Avoiding Hate

“The truly sociable man is more difficult in his relationships than others; those which consist only in false appearances cannot suit him. He prefers to live far from wicked men without thinking about them, than to see them and hate them.”

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dialogues

“Naturalistic Philosopher (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778), steel engraving by Thevenin after a design by Gleyre with later colouring, after the 1764 portrait by M. Quentin de La Tour. He saw man in a state of nature as neither moral nor immoral, but suggested that the innate sense of pity was the foundation for the subsequent development of moral society. He saw the evils of society arising from competition and economic inequality, and hence science as a source of misery if not counteracted by civic and moral responsibility. His conclusion is that society has been drawn beyond its optimum happiness by the ambitions of progress and vain success. Some authors considering human evolutionary psychology in the context of civilization have adapted his thoughts.” (Click the image for more information about Rousseau).

2 thoughts on “Avoiding Hate

  1. What a wonderful, and timely message! Thanks for thinking about so many things, and all at the same time.
    Living together on this one earth does not come easily, nor without thinking that with rights come responsibilities.
    Cheers, Bill Gwaltney

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