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Can intellectual advancement lead to a general regression in our existence Both Rousseau and Virilio deal with this question but in very different ways Rousseau examines this question in the broadest sense by back tracking to the origin of intellect Virilio on the other hand speaks of a very specific type of intellectual advancement namely-the invention of a long range nuclear missile Both would agree that intellectual progression can be advantageous to the human race but whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages is questionable Rousseau argues that man existed in a natural state where he had basically no intellect The natural man did not speak own property or interact with other humans This independent man knew only compassion and how to survive With intellect came evil But by nature man is good self sufficient compassionate to others when they do not threaten him and incapable of pride hatred falsehood and vice society precisely because it develops mans faculties which corrupts him Rousseau p 20Through the birth of property man began to calculate and think He saw what his fellow man had that he didnt and became jealous Now since man was able to see the nascent inequalities amongst each other many evils arose Rousseau makes it clear that mankind was better off without intellect Virilio point of view on the matter can be inferred He does not feel that man is better off in this natural state He is a twentieth century writer who feels that technology is an overall good thing but there are some very serious repercussions from certain technological advancements In his essay he explains the negative repercussions of a long range nuclear missile Since this missile can reach across half of the world in an insignificant amount of time distance begins to disappear if an enemy can be destroyed a few thousand miles away instantly than it doesnt matter how far away the enemy is Peace as well
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