Hobbes Vs. Locke Who Was Correct? Essay

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John Locke believes that man is good; Thomas Hobbes believes that man is evil. One can look at man in these two ways. In Locke's view, man's intentions are benevolent by nature and can live without a central government telling them what exactly to do. Hobbes, the antagonist, believes the complete opposite--that man is brutal by nature and cannot live without a central government running everyone's life. In today's society, Hobbes's philosophy on man is much more apparent.Everyday, without ever ceasing, newspapers all over the world report murders as if it were a daily event which cannot be stopped. It is true--murder really is a daily event that cannot be stopped. Most of the murders that occur do not even appear in the newspaper because it occurs so regularly. On March 1 of this year, a man who worked at an automobile paint shop was shot in the head just so that the murderer and his accomplice can have the wallets of the three co-workers the deceased had. No arrests have been made yet and most likely, not much effort will be made to catch the criminals, simply because there are too many of them.People are what they are today because evolution has chosen out the genetic combination which would let people have the highest rate of reproduction. It is what Darwin described as "natural selection." The people who are able to reproduce the most will send off more of their genes to their offspring who then in turn pass those genes on to their children. In a time where laws did not exist, the ones who were aggressive and be able to rid themselves of mating rivals were the ones who were the most successful. Thus, humans by nature are violent and selfish. Of course, there are those who are good people by nature. However, they only exist today because the brutality that was once needed before civilization was no longer as necessary from that point on. Up until that point, the brutal ones were the people who thrived in that environment and therefore most people today are descendants of those who were brutal, violent, and selfish.In the urban areas around the world, crime is much greater and it shows what people would do to gain more of a limited good such as money. Although police are more prevalent in urban areas, those areas depict a place without government more accurately than in places like suburbs and rural areas. The same crime committed in a suburb and then in a city will receive different punishments or not be punished at all, the culprit in the suburb facing the harsher penalty. In this way, because people have fewer restrictions, man's true nature is more easily shown. Crimes are done in these areas for greater possession of certain items such as money or drugs. By nature, people will kill to obtain these items for themselves. Because of law enforcement, most people are able to hold themselves back from committing brutal acts, however, there are still those who follow their true nature and do as they please. These people are not few but plentiful....

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