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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Spiders

Émile

Jean Jacques Rousseau

1769

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2018-05-02

"As soon as the child begins to take notice, what is shown him must be carefully chosen. The natural man is interested in all new things. He feels so feeble that he fears the unknown: the habit of seeing fresh things without ill effects destroys this fear. Children brought up in clean houses where there are no spiders are afraid of spiders, and this fear often lasts through life. I never saw peasants, man, woman, or child, afraid of spiders." - Émile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau