Human Nature Essay

2086 Words Oct 3rd, 2008 9 Pages
The Evil Nature of Man: An Essay on Human Nature
People today enjoy the many pleasures life provides, including entertainment and technology, all the while living longer than ever before. This would not be possible, if it were not for a government that protects it’s citizens from danger and promotes peace. Humans are evil by nature, and therefore require some form of power in a society that will protect each person. This evil is described in a interview with a U.S. soldier who after returning from Iraq, found his evil nature to control his emotions toward Muslims, until he was able to join their group, an become a member of their society. Thomas Hobbes, an English Philosopher from the 17th century, wrote a book on the subjects of human
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Later, Locke points out that men cannot judge their equals due to many factors, so “God hath certainly appointed government to retrain the partiality and violence of men”(51). The idea actually goes back to Hobbes’ own understanding of human nature, such that some governing body must control humans, be it a state, a commonwealth, or government, however different each is.
Still, the major claim of Locke’s is that man understands the need for some form of society to rule over him, where Hobbes’ man only gives up his rights to prevent war and live with peace. Inherently embedded in Locke’s mankind is a “do unto others…” attitude as illustrated by this sentence: “ How should I look to have any part of my desire herein satisfied, unless myself be careful to satisfy the like desire, which is undoubtedly in other men, being of one and the same nature?”(49) Hobbes says the complete opposite of this idea, with every man simply out for himself, doing anything and everything to attain what they wish (41,42). To trust all men as being honest and following a “do unto others” credo does not seem too wise, especially when men continue to fight everyday, and show a nature that does not reflect that of Locke’s understandings.
In an audio program from NPR, an Iraqi Soldier returning from Iraq provides a good example of the evil nature of humans. The soldier, Sam, was having trouble adjusting when he returned from Iraq. More specifically, he had

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