Jean-Jacques Rousseau Influence on the Declaration of Independence
Jean-Jacque Rousseau was a prize winning essay writer who would later become an inspiration to many others. During a time of inspiration, he realized that “Human beings in a state of nature were compassionate and good; it was society itself that was to blame for creating inequality, greed, and aggression,” (382). Many of Rousseau’s published works espoused radical views that government should rest with the will of the people and equality for all human beings. Rousseau’s autobiography entitled Confessions, “help to revolutionize notions of what a life was and what it meant,” (385). Rousseau’s autobiography was an intimate look at the author’s emotional life. He bared his soul, talking about all aspects of his life, from the sexual pleasure that he received from getting a spanking to an emotional relationship he had with a teacher who was influential in his life.
It was through his writings that Thomas Jefferson and our founding fathers