Hobbes Being Right Analysis

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Why is it that so many people say that Hobbes has a “negative” outlook when it comes to various things like human nature and government? I feel Hobbes sees man as he truly is. However, the only reason that people view it as negative is that it detracts from the rather rosy picture many try to paint humans to be. People don 't realize Hobbes accounts for the true nature of people and it shows in the way he frames governing. Right and wrong is a subjective guideline that changes from person to person. In the end man will only seek to do what’s in their best interest. Meaning “right” is only a matter of what I as a person want to do.
While good natured people do in fact exist within the world it is but a simple fact of life that those are a minority amongst the population. In the end the only thing that people will look out for is their own desires, wants and needs. Hobbes put it perfectly, “The object of man 's desire is not to enjoy once only, and for one instant of time; but to assure for ever, the way of his future desires.” The people need a firm and renowned ruler to guide them. Without
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However I can see why he came up with the ideas that he did. He lived underneath an absolute Monarch so I can see why he wouldn’t exactly be on the same page with Hobbes in terms of iron fisted rulers presiding over the country 's affairs. Now Montesquieu’s take on people is a little different from Locke’s and I believe given how Hobbes describes the world it makes a little sense. Hobbes says that people are inherently bad evil and willing to do whatever to benefit themselves. Montesquieu 's take is that people themselves actually live in such fear and are intimidated by the thought of falling into a state of war that they would have to work with people just to make certain that this didn 't happen. He viewed society as dangerous to people. Humans only grouped like that due to the need for

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