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Rousseau insists that the key to strength and happiness is to limit ones needs and desires so that they can easily be met But this is an implausible ideal because it threatens to lead to laziness or even to the impoverishing of a persons life rather than encouraging people to develop themselves fully and make great achievements This objection which states that Rousseau insists upon the limiting of ones needs so that they can be easily met misunderstands his views on strength and happiness According to Rousseau intrinsic to man are certain natural needs and along with these needs come the exact faculties to fulfill them It follows that strength is the ability to fulfill these needs and happiness comes when one has done so Rousseau never insists that the key to strength and happiness is limiting ones needs- they are dictated by nature Rather he argues that one should order these needs in accordance with his own nature In other words Rousseau concerns himself not with limits as suggests above but with balance This harmony or balance permits the full realization of ones own potential and the whole self It is only in this state of harmony that one accomplishes anything at all Rousseaus strategy for achieving the good life is founded on the basic assumption that man is endowed with a character that is natural and good In his natural state man inherently maintains innate desires and the ability to fulfill those desires Nature gives him with immediacy only the desires necessary to his preservation and the faculties sufficient to fulfill them p80 These desires are a direct reflection of those needs intrinsic to ones character So strength does not come from a mans initiative or his effort to change in order to fulfill his wants and desires Man simply has to figure out what his preexisting wants and needs are he has to discover his destiny
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