By: Jake Dutile
Jean-Jacques Rousseau strongly believed in the goodness of man, and that society corrupted all of its members. Based on Rousseau's belief, he would undoubtedly disagree with the dropping of the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima to end World War 2.
The mind is shocked at the cruelty of the one, or is induced to lament the blindness of the other; and as nothing is less permanent in life than those external relations, which are more frequently produced by accident than wisdom.
Rousseau reminds us that the cruelty that one man or country can inflict on the other is truly shocking, and that the person who causes the death, is the one who has also taken away relations and wisdom. The bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima took many lives of innocent civilians, taking the relationships and wisdom of each citizen with them when they died.
The new-born state of society thus gave rise to a horrible state of war; men thus harassed and depraved were no longer capable of retracing their steps or renouncing the fatal acquisitions they had made, but, labouring by the abuse of the faculties which do them honour, merely to their own confusion, brought themselves to the brink of ruin.
With this, Rousseau certainly would never of supported the bombings because they are the result of war, and corrupt society's battling for control.
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