Locke 's Theory Of Equality And Natural Law

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Locke’s theory of equality and natural law. What is equality? Equality is the state of being equal and the rights of status. Throughout the 1st and 2nd treatise of government Locke put emphasis on equality. Locke is a liberalist who believes that everyone should have equality in a governed society. The reason Locke feels that way is because in a society the people create the government. With the citizens doing this they give the government consent to govern them by protecting them and their property. By them giving this it means that everyone has equal rights. Locke’s view of equality wasn’t limited to the politics he expanded to religion which has equality as well. The idea of equality came from the state of nature which transition into…show more content…
This is the only time we have the liberty to destroy creatures we do not possess power over. Locke talks about the law of nature in the state of nature. “law teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty and, possessions.” In this quote Locke is saying that the natural law instills what’s right and wrong. The fact that we are all equal and independent, no one should harm each other because of the fact that everyone in the society is on an equal level playing field. As you keep reading Locke starts talking about the creator. Locke said, “For men being all workmanship of one omnipotent and indefinitely wise Maker…” Omnipotent means all-powerful or almighty. The omnipotent one is God, he is our creator we are Gods workmanship. He states, “All servants of one sovereign master, sent into the world by his order to do his business” I feel Locke is saying that we are all children of God and that we were sent into the world to do good works in his name. Example of doing good works would be spreading the Gods name all over the world. Locke said that, “they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not another’s pleasure.” I feel that Locke was saying that since God almighty made us we are his property basically he has soil possession over us. And God made us to be durable and live prosperous lives. Example
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