The origins and basis of inequality among men

Words of Wisdom by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a Genevan philosopher, on the origins and basis of inequality…

“Inequality, being almost non-existent in the state of nature, derives its force and its growth from the development of our faculties and the progress of the human mind.”

“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, thought of saying ‘This is mine’ and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. How … much misery and horror the human race would have been spared if someone had … cried out to his fellow men: ‘ … You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to everyone and that the earth itself belongs to no one!’ “

Jean-Jacques Rousseau