Rousseau calls the family “the most ancient of all societies” and “the only one that is natural”. Yet even still, the bond between a child and his father only exists until the need for preservation ceases, and the child becomes independent. It is only after this, if the bond is maintained, that it is done so voluntarily, and not as a necessity. I took this as one of Rousseau’s easiest examples to understand, because it is a situation that almost every person can relate to, because as children, we are solely dependent on our parents for survival. From birth, we are completely reliant on our parents, to feed, clean and take care of us. As we grow older, this dependence slowly begins to lessen, until we reach our teens, where it is almost non-existent. It is then, that many teens begin to grow distant and rebel against their parent’s... [continues]
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