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Rousseau is a Miami Heat Fan

March 16, 2011

In Rousseau’s “On the Social Contract,” he discusses how people go about maintaining their state of nature in the face of obstacles. Rousseau says that the “human race would perish if it [does] not alter its mode of existence.” To deal with the resistance they are facing, Rousseau suggests that men combine forces in order to advance and thrive. Ideally, this not only allows them to overcome the resistance, but to maintain your own personal freedom as well. This idea is present in society where ever you look. LeBron James could not win a championship in Cleveland, and Chris Bosh was facing the same problem in Toronto. Solution? According to Rousseau, James and Bosh should join Dwyane Wade in Miami and overcome the resistance together, while also being able to pad their own stats. As has been well documented, this is exactly what they did.

This trend is also present in the business world. When companies are flourishing, and looking for ways to advance, they do not divide their company into two or three separate companies, they instead purchase smaller companies and add them to the bigger, greater organization. Google bought YouTube, Chevron bought Texaco, and Cingular bought AT&T. This sort of takeover goes on daily in the world, all in order to advance one’s company in the business world, bettering both companies involved. Rousseau predicted a similar trend in his essay.

However, many people have problems with the rich getting richer and the big getting bigger. James received a public bashing for his move to the Miami Heat. He was vilified. Why was this? It is seemingly because people do not like seeing the successful gang up on the smaller. This is not what is occurring though. James Bosh and Wade were all struggling to accomplish their goals individually, so they decided to “unite” and “gain the upper hand over the resistance.” Not only does Rousseau support this, he sees it as necessary. On the same note, as corporations are struggling to maintain their status with the increasing competition, they join together, and gain the upper hand.

So while people will continue to hate the big corporations, and the Miami Heat and New York Knicks, Rousseau would instead commend them on altering their “mode of existance” and maintaining their individual will in the process.

  1. jasonkraman permalink
    March 17, 2011 1:04 AM

    Although, I agree with you that Rousseau may have become a Heat fan I don’t know if he would be in full support of all the allstars in the nba joining together on one team. Rousseau states that we must surrender ourselves to the community at large in order to face these obstacles. I don’t think the heat would be the community at large. Possibly the NBA is the greater community, and Rousseau would think Lebron D Wade and Bosh should allow the NBA to decide the best course of action for not only their individual careers but also for the prosperity of the league as a whole. Since Rousseau states that we surrender ourselves unconditionally, Lebron should not have any greater rights than a mediocre bench player. Both players according to Rousseau should be on equal footing and not enjoy the benefits of the state( THE NBA) more than another. Although Rousseau may applaud the Heat and its players for joining forces and overcoming obstacles, I think he would support the betterment of the NBA as a sovereign whole over the will of one individual player.

  2. vvanhull permalink
    March 17, 2011 1:40 PM

    I think that there is a difference between altering your “mode of existence” and sabotaging another teams, resulting in the destruction of parts of the NBA as an entity. While Bosh, Wade, and James may have united to address their individual “struggles” for a championship ring, I agree with @jasonkraman that they are taking advantage of their positions within the community when they damaged the state by crippling other teams.
    As a fervent Cavaliers fan, I recognize my bias on this topic and I do believe Rousseau would respect Lebron’s goal of a championship and departure for the Heat. However, I don’t think that Rousseau would have turned on the TV to watch “The Decision” or Lebron’s numerous Nike commercials, as his struggle for a “mode of existence” did not need to include the trampling of the city of Cleveland and other NBA teams he led on and left in the dust.

  3. March 22, 2011 10:36 AM

    I agree with the two comments above me when they say that Rousseau might not have been the biggest Miami Heat fan in the world. Although he believes that “human race would perish if it [does] not alter its mode of existence,” I do not think that what the three superstars did would be fully supported by Rousseau. The way that Lebron James handled his situation was not ideal for many people who follow basketball. He shattered the hopes of the entire city of Cleveland in order to achieve his own personal goals. Although this is something that Rousseau would be strongly for, the way the Lebron negatively effected an entire community would not be beneficial. Lebron Bosh and Wade should not have special treatment and be considered superior to other players in the league. Although the Heat have become a NBA power for years to come, this might not be the best case for the league as a whole.

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