Leviathan By Thomas Hobbes

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Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes was written in 1651 to publish the political thoughts of Hobbes and promote his negative view to human nature. The story is interesting, because of the fact that even though it was written four hundred years ago, it can still be applied to society today. Leviathan consists of many sections promoting Hobbes’ beliefs, but the section in Perry’s textbook is about the misinterpretation of equality of mankind. Hobbes wrote this to explain to the population the selfishness of humanity and to rid the world of power and corruption. However, Hobbes does not see much of a chance for humanity to actually treat each other equally. Instead, he splits the disagreements of mankind into three categories, “first, competition; secondly, diffidence; thirdly, glory” (21). …show more content…

Our natural instinct as humans is to become and want to become as powerful as we possibly can. He attributes this attribute to our desire for “gain” and to be the master of other people as well. It is easy to see this attribute in our world leaders like the President of the United States or any of the other leaders of the many countries on our planet. Another area of our society that this attribute of gain and selfishness, especially in the United States, is in the corporate world. Many of our powerful business leaders are driven by great and power over others, and this drive only proves Hobbes’ point about the naturally selfish nature of humanity. Looking back at the 1600, Hobbes’ time, the drive for man to compete was very relevant in leadership positions of countries. Many of the kings and dictators of history have been driven to compete by the drive to power. Each ruler is driven by their own specific reason to compete, but when push comes to shove, our nature is to compete for what we want, not to compromise for

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