Rousseau was a French thinker and philosopher. He
was also an excellent chess player.
Rousseau was born in Geneva, which, at the time of his birth, was an independent city, protected by
France. Geneva became officially Swiss in the year 1814.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was for expressing emotion
and against suppressing them just for the sake of being polite.
He also recommended that we all should get in touch with our conscience a little bit
And for those of us who need a wee
reminder, conscience is defined as the inner sense of right and wrong.
Rousseau felt emotions much
stronger than the average bear. So it came as no surprise that he hated
social injustice with a vengeance.
One of of Jean-Jacques' all-time
He also liked the works of
who lived 1694 - 1778. The two, Rousseau and Voltaire, got along
well at first but later
ended up despising each other.
J.J. Rousseau was one of the first ones who thought
that childhood memories could form your personality. He was also the
inventor of modern autobiography with his work Confessions.
Rousseau adopted a systematic study to improve
mind and heart (
comes to mind with his self-improvement system).
"I have undertaken a
system of study that I have divided under two principal headings:
the first, everything that serves to enlighten the mind and fill it
with useful and agreeable knowledge; the second, methods for
training the heart in wisdom and virtue."
He ordered stacks of books
and started developing his own self-help program.