Human Nature Is The Driving Force Behind The Formation Of Community

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In Aristotle’s Politics, human nature is the driving force behind the formation of community, political practice, government, and moral code. Ability to speak and communicate efficiently sets human apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, paving the way to revealing “the advantageous and the harmful, and hence also the just and unjust.” (1, 2) In other words, the inherent ability to express and give and receive feedback creates the foundation of fundamental ideas and rules upon which cities or countries and their governments are built. Notions of selfishness portray individuals in a negative fashion, but one that unites them through an instinctive tendency to come together “for the sake of living.” (1, 2) Dichotomy between classes poses a threatening divide in virtues. A community cannot exist amongst a collection of significantly different ethical values. Aristotle questions this very idea, “For unless the ruler is moderate and just, how will he rule finely? And unless the ruled is, how will be ruled finely?”(1, 13) Thus, it grows very clear that human nature, and more importantly the results of the difference in the nature of all individuals, is of utmost significance in politics. Politics may be defined loosely as the pursuit of successful governance over a population through influencing individuals within a community, however large or small it may be. Politics deals with notions of wealth and power distribution, legislation, virtues, and monetary economics. That…

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