Rock, Paper, Scissors, HOBBES
In discussion class this week we played rock, paper, scissors shoot to imitate Hobbes’ “state of nature.” Before playing, most of the students in the class didn’t imagine what would occur during this game, and what it would show us. Before the game started we listed the necessary components of Hobbes’ state of nature, and the different options that we can use during the process of the game. We learned that this included, fight, negotiate, or the improbable option of running away. Would Hobbes’ state of nature be a realistic way of living? How did we act during this process?
This process taught us several new aspects in Hobbes’ state of nature. While performing this activity, it was evident that there was no security in this state of living. His sense of state of nature had too many faults, and the lack of security made everyone uneasy. Imagine living in a world, where resources were always being stolen, and there was no definitive source of food every night. Every night is a struggle in this world, and this struggle for survival was perpetual. This struggle eventually lead to the idea that everyone fought in a sense to be the “top dog.” Although this places a target on the person with the most resources, it would be a constant intense competition to have the most resources and food. Everyone was equal, and everyone pursued the same objective of survival, thus creating and even more chaotic state to live in.
Hobbes’ state of nature as previously showed is an unbearable place to live in. After demonstrated by the exercise in class, the lack of security plus the distrust between the people is no way to live. The combination of fear and struggle for survival describes this state, and that is no way to live ones life. In conclusion, Hobbes’ has some interesting points, and fear is inevitable in someone’s life; however, living in our current society is way more realistic and beneficiary to the citizens than living in Hobbes’ state of nature.