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Weakness is a point of view

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Emile, Or Treatise on Education
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When we say that man is weak, what do we mean? This word of weakness indicates a relationship, a relationship of the being to whom it is applied. The one whose strength overrides his needs, was he an insect, a worm, is a strong being; the one whose needs override his strength, is he an elephant, a lion; is he a conqueror, a hero; is he a god; is he a weak being. The rebellious angel 1 who misunderstood his nature was weaker than the happy mortal who lives in peace according to his own. Man is very strong when he is content to be what he is; he is very weak when he wants to rise above humanity. Do not imagine, therefore, that by extending your faculties you extend your strength; on the contrary, you diminish it if your pride extends beyond it. Let us measure the radius of our sphere, and remain in the centre like the insect in the middle of its web; we will always be self-sufficient, and we will not have to complain about our weakness, for we will never feel it.

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