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The Primitive State of Man vs The Modern State of Man From Grunts to Gregorian Chants Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his discourse on the origin of inequality begins a new transition in philosophy regarding the natural laws and state of man The question of our own existence and awareness as described by Descartes Hobbes and Hume now takes a bit of a turn as Rousseau begins to discuss his ideas on what might have been the original state of man during a primitive era Distinguishing between modern and primitive man is a starting point for Rousseau where with the labeling of the two classes he can begin and perhaps even remove himself from the world he is part of and hypothetically take on the identity of another to help with his argument Primitive man usually thought of as savage and beast-like by modern men lived in a very different world filled with constant struggle and uncertainty Our ancestors of ancient times lived at the mercy of nature where natural selection the survival of the fittest took place unavoidably Children were raised in very different ways that those of today where they took on the foundations and character of their parents and then strengthened these traits creating a stronger drive that will get passed along to the next generation With this type of human interaction one can see that only the strong survive creating a human race dependent upon only what their body will allow them to do They knew of no tools or machines to assist them in their activities of human survival However with this utter reliance upon their bodies to achieve any goal one can imagine the strength these people must have possessed to continue living Rousseau speaks of modern man surrounded by tools and machines to aid them in what otherwise would be a ruthless struggle for survival The creation of government and society allowed for more interaction among men and a
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