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The first of the four benefits of society conferred by Rousseaus Social Contract is that we are all equals and shall be treated as such In this he describes a general will which dictates the actions of the individual and basically the good of the whole is the good of its parts Rousseau says Each of us puts in common his person and his whole power under the supreme direction of the general will and in return we receive every member as an indivisible part of the whole Rousseau p 144 This leads to the second benefit The second of Rousseaus benefits is that society shall create its own freedom through natural and moral means By putting ourselves under the guidance and direction of the general will we give ourselves over to our innate humanity As Rousseau says giving himself to all gives himself to nobody Rousseau p 144 Once this is put into action we will begin to follow our own natural and for the common good moral law which bring about the third benefit The third benefit of Rousseaus Social Contract is that once we begin to follow the positive natural law we will gain certain civil liberties According to Rousseau once our minds are opened to this new freedom our own natural instincts will be developed and we shall finally become that which we were in the beginning intelligent human beings Another civil liberty we will gain according to Rousseau is the right of real property the fourth benefit The fourth benefit of the Social Contract is the right of real property through force or right of first occupancy According to Rousseau the latter more realistic than the former can only be truly obtained by acquiring only as much as is necessary for sustenance and by also sustaining the land through cultivation This action alone he states builds in man a root to his own humanity As far as your final
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