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Remembering Myself, Travestying Time…and Phonying towards Perfection

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Quote #93

We never pity another’s woes unless we know we may suffer in like manner ourselves.
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Why have kings no pity on their people? Because they never expect to be ordinary men.Why are the rich so hard on the poor? Because they have no fear of becoming poor.

Rousseau. Emile.

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Quote #92

Rousseau_I would have refused to educate him if I were not free to marry him according to his own choice, which is mine.

Émile. Rousseau.

On Rousseau’s ÉMILE, or the Making of a Real Man

emile rousseau.jpgYou cannot help but pity poor Émile, condemned for no reason to a life of solitude and friendlessness, except for a grown-up pervert (read tutor) who is both know-it-all, comprehensive guide book and highly-evolved CCTV camera, and who is bent on making a junior double of himself out of Émile. From a little after infancy, Émile is literally surrounded, saturated, and manipulated by the sole presence of the sly tutor-master who claims to be Émile’s friend and equal. The child is like clay that can be worked into anything; and as far as clay is concerned, it is not hard to read. For fear of misleading him, Émile is not taught religion, morals, fables, stories of any kind, nor allowed to engage in solitary excursions, chit-chat, gossip, play with peers, chill time with the ladies, and in short, Continue reading “On Rousseau’s ÉMILE, or the Making of a Real Man”

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