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Human Nature


            
             People have different perspective on human nature and how our country should be governed. There are two theories, Thomas Hobbes believed that people were, by nature, selfish, and should surrender freedom for government orders and John Locke believed that people are rational and their needs should come before the needs of the government. I agree with John Locke and that people should have their rights to life, liberty, and the protection of property.
             People are not, by nature, selfish; instead they are rational beings that are willing to help others in need. There are many not-for-profit organizations that help people all over the world. Many businesses are willing to donate money to support these organizations and there are volunteers who donate their time to help. The purposes of these organizations are to help others and not to make profit.
             John Locke thought the needs of the citizens should come before the needs of the government, which is similar to how our citizens are governed today. All people should have their rights to life, liberty, and the protection of property and that the government should protect and defend these rights and in return, the citizens will support and assist the government. If the government fails to do so, he believes that citizens have the right to overthrow the government.
             I agree with John Locke, that humans are rational beings and the government should put the needs of its citizens before its own. This theory has helped develop a democratic government we use today and believing people are rational beings has made the world a better place.
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