Self Preservation Essay

2137 words - 9 pages

Breathe in purity of freedom. Breathe out the essence of process, of ritual, of existence, which is the democratic process of humanity; this is the greatest democratic process of humanity in that allowing ones own soul to breathe through self-preservation and in doing so preserves humanity. Humanity and existence are capable of thought, as proposed by Descartes saying, “ergo cogito sum,” which translates to, “I think therefore I am.” Thought allows existence to come to points through logic, rationalizations and deliberation. The state of nature of man propose similar yet slightly different ideas by Locke and Rousseau concerning the belief that man is inherently flawed, but the nature of being could enter into a structure that are the bonds of society. The political structure that forms has the ability to seek the ideals of virtue, nobility and serenity through the bonds of human society and in doing so becomes worth seeking. To be free is to fully feel free. Self-preservation is at the self of man as pointed out by Rousseau and if man’s nature is truly eloquent in ideals than they will push for a greater expansion of existence. In this outward pressure on the norms and bonds of existence, the freedom of self could be expressed through an ideal political public forum that would give structure out of chaos for the purpose of betterment towards wisdom.
Structure and forum allows a stage for ideas to be shared and the human spirit to be allowed to express itself. Locke believed that few men were truly degenerates; only a few men are not capable of facilitating noble thought. His epistemology of what can be learned and acquired through reason allows the individual to move from the original state of nature to a political society that can enhance the individual through exposure to others. In Chapter VIII, Of the Beginning of Political Societies, in Locke’s Two Treatise of Government the eloquent words describe the process of rising out of the state of nature through the social contract theory and thereby into the bonds of society:
Men being, as had been said, by nature, all free, equal, and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent. The only way, whereby any one divests himself of his natural liberty, and puts on the bonds of civil society, is by agreeing with other men to join (Locke).
Rousseau points out that the chains of the noble savage are from interactions, but also acknowledges that man can and should do what is good for them while doing the least amount of harm. In this scenario of moving to a public forum where human interaction is the end result, the human could act out of self-preservation by deliberately seeking self-interest to not conform to the expectations of society and would be doing little harm but actual enhancement for society and the freedom of expression of the individual. One trait of the bonds of society is the expression of thoughts in a...

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