A Glint of Light in the Dark

1470 WordsFeb 18, 20186 Pages
The human race, Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli describes in his work, The Qualities of the Prince as, “they are ungrateful, fickle, simulators and deceivers, avoiders of danger greedy for gain (46).” From this analysis we can see that we all have our less than admirable qualities, some people are greedy, some egotistical, and others envious. I confess that I have dealt with these and I know that I am by no means perfect. So, where do these feelings stem from? It is from our natural born instinct of self-preservation, it is what brings out the drive in us all that causes us to take any measure to keep our well-being protected and in our best interest. We are capable of committing so many types of atrocities, we kill, we steal, and we cheat, though there is many more that could be named, I believe that these are the most apparent sins that stem from our instinct of self-preservation and previously mentioned less admirable qualities. And sadly, the truth is that any average person is capable of committing these horrible sins not just criminals or the outcasts of society. But there is hope for the human race, because someone one is capable of committing great evil is also capable great good, and even in the most horrible of places, there is good to be found. An excellent example of this can be seen in William Wordsworth’s poem “Among All the Lovely Things My Love Had Been”, Wordsworth describes a scene while riding his horse on a stormy night, “A single glow-worm did I
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