Human Nature, By John Locke Essay

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Human nature is a cruel mistress that depending on a person’s view on the world can be really on either ok or really bad. In only isolated situations does human nature lead people to do true good while in general human nature leads to bad decisions and equally bad results. Philosophers have all written about human nature in their commonwealths as well as in their imagined states of nature. Thomas Hobbes in his book, Levithan, and John Locke in his second treatise in his book, Two Treatises on Government, both talk extensively about human nature.The pair take two different approaches to explaining human nature. Hobbes argues that human nature is horrific which in turn makes the state of nature war in which people fear death and thus seek a covenant with a strong government to protect them from themselves. Locke, on the other hand, believes that human nature is not that bad and that people can live peacefully but eventually sign a contract to obtain a more comfortable life. Despite the fact that the two take very different stances on human nature, the true essence of human nature is a balanced mix of their two beliefs in which humans are not wholly bad but they still seek government to ensure their survival. This overall means that humans have the capacity to coexist but also realize that the self-governance is an ideal that they cannot match. Human nature can affect everything from the state of a government and all the way down to the natural rights of humans in the state
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