Hobbes Got it Right
Ask yourself this: Have you ever gone a year without hearing about some place in the world where people are at war?
I am nineteen years old, and in almost two decades, I have not. From personal experience, there have always been some sort of televised news report on genocide in Africa, Israel and Palestine conflicts, and now, our country’s war in the Middle East. Prior to being able to speak my first words, there was the Gulf War as well as the war in Croatia and Bosnia.
Mankind cannot seem to go a day without killing one another. Why?
There are many arguments to this answer. However, I find that it is because Hobbes was right and that humans’ state of nature revolves around selfishness and war with one another. Their greed can never be satisfied, and to obtain this greed they will be willing to over step any kind moral boundary – including the doom of millions.
Take Hitler and Stalin for instance – easily two of the vilest scum to ever hold a governmental position. They sought to take the world for themselves and in doing so, claimed the lives of tens of millions with war and mass genocide. Despite how evil they were, they managed to garner power spanning continents, as well as the loyalty of millions. Of course, there were those that had to follow in fear of being killed. However, there was also the rest that genuinely idolized these ruthless leaders and thought highly of the their leadership. This was likely due to the fact that the two (Hitler especially) were very good public speakers and could manipulate crowds in joining him in his most ridiculous campaigns. So if two lunatics such as these can attain such influence, there is nothing stopping any today’s smooth talking politicians and warlords in rallying support for more war.
It was also well known that these two were not exactly team players when it came to ruling. Both were not only solitary, but also went to lengths of eliminating potential enemies/rivals in a paranoid fashion in order to maintain their one-man show. They are Hobbes’ men. They exhibit the characteristic of self –gain that puts the world in a never-ending state of war, since all is fair when a man seeks what he wants. No amount of bullets of blood will ever be too much in order to get what is rightfully theirs.
Obviously, these airheads are not the average Joe. Unfortunately, their behavior is, and forever will be the case with any ruthless dictator/general/leader whether it is a Caesar in Rome or a bloodthirsty politician in present day.
Hobbes had a very accurate assessment of man. It was true then and it is true now. Centuries have passed and aside of constructing more efficient ways to kill en masse, humans have yet to change. So long as man remains a greedy insatiable race, there will always be a war somewhere in this world.