The “Chief End”
Locke’s “Chief End” is the “protection of property”.
Hobbes’s “Chief End” is the “protection of lives”.
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What is property worth if we don’t have life?
This question becomes extremely interesting as you ponder it further. The “Chief End” holds such a final meaning; it is what is left at the very end. As I think about my feeling towards Hobbes’ and Locke’s diverse personal meanings of the phrase, I can’t grasp how the protection of life is not the “chief end” according to Locke. Certainly property is important since it is the sole possession that is always present; however, I can understand Hobbes’ thought process much more. Property is worthless without a life to possess it.
What makes ownership of property so imperative to a life?
Property plays a bigger role than just being a possession, it is definitely an article which defines the existence of a life. In this way, property is viewed as a substance that is owned by one; because of this it has a great importance. Property, to some, holds the ability to be equal to an existence. If I think about this concept from this specific angle I can undoubtedly understand Locke’s beliefs in terms of property.
In modern times, property is gained only with the creation of contracts that determine the finances as well as the upkeep of the property. Part of me believes that the written name on a legal contract is the defining point of life and the ownership of property. One’s signature on a contract of property is proof that the person has a “life worth living”.
Do you believe the ownership of property leads to a “life worth living”?
In addition, what is the difference in emotion when you rent a home as opposed to owning it?
Isn’t there a greater more fulfilling feeling that you are overwhelmed with knowing you own your own personal property?
Personal Property is called personal for a reason. Personal means it is solely your property, no one else’s. Life is also our sole property, which is why in the state of nature we evolve to be interested in only our desires as we forget of the people’s surrounding us.
In conclusion, property is defined in a myriad of diverse ways which are each expressed differently. The most interesting facet of this idea of property vs. life and their relation to “what makes life worth living”.