The Nature Of Man 's State Of Nature

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The nature of man is violent. Initially blood was spilt out of necessity, for survival. The primitive world was kill or be killed, and Homo Sapiens were able to come down from their trees and out of their caves because they found ways to kill efficiently. This bloodlust makes us unique and gave us an advantage over our meeker cousins, as the human race endured while Homo Erectus and the Neanderthals went extinct, fading into the ether of history. However, very quickly man ran out of prey, ran out of things to kill, and as a result turned their arrows, spears, swords, and later guns on one another. Peter O’Toole said it best as the titular character of the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia, by stating that man was, “greedy, barbarous, and cruel,” mirroring the beliefs of Thomas Hobbes and his concept of man’s State of Nature.
While interstate wars were the most dramatic of man’s quarrels, perhaps the most grotesque conflicts occur when man turns his weapons on his own people, his brothers. These have been immortalized, even deified, by the stories of Cain and Abel and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Despite Cain’s comments to the contrary, man is his brother’s keeper, and in an international system already prone to violence, civil wars are particularly disheartening.
As sad as it is, war will be a constant blemish on the face of humanity. Throughout the duration of recorded human history, only 8% has been peaceful, and the United States of America in…
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