Reflective Essay: The Two Treatises Of Government

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How is it that people can be convinced that man is naturally evil and selfish? I for one think the complete opposite. I believe that people are born fair, unselfish, and have the natural rights of equality, life, liberty, and property. I often try to retrace my steps and find why it is that I believe what I believe, and I can never narrow it down to one single event (rather, a series of events). In 1674, I graduated with a bachelor’s in medicine from Christ Church (Oxford’s most prestigious school). Later, I met Earl of Shaftsbury who persuaded me to move to London with him and become his person physician. Eventually my responsibilities grew, and I assisted his political, and business manners, and then became his secretary of presentations. …show more content…
One of my most famous writings is “The Two Treatises of Government” In the first Treatise, I disagreed with the common mentality that kings have divine right to rule, and are superior to all other men at birth. Later, I presented my idea of an ideal government. Laws need to be made for the protection of the people and will only work if they are for the common good, and accepted by the people. The government should be in place for the protection of the people with their best interests in mind, because we are all “equally children of God.” Both of these concepts shook England, and also shaped the American, and French Revolutions. Another work of mine is “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” in which I examined the human thought, expression, and mind. Both of these works contributed to the Glorious Revolution, taking the power from the king and giving parts of it to parliament. While my concepts and ideas had a lasting impact on England, my ideas are also found in the American Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is greatly focused on my views of the state and laws of nature. My ideas can also be found in the separation of the church and state, and the French Revolution. Because of how much impact my views and ideas had, I consider myself revolutionary in the changes caused by the

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