John Locke Dbq Essay

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The average man, though he longs for freedom, feels the need to be safe. People naturally wish to have the freedom to act on things, believe in things or say things, but, they want themselves and their families to be safe while doing so. Alongside the need for safety, man has a need for privacy. People tend to react negatively to others digging into their personal lives, creating a want for their own privacy in life. This subconscious need for safety and privacy has always trumped man’s desire for absolute freedom. Humans have a natural desire to do as they please and get upset when others try to come in and control what they’re allowed to do. It’s been proven all throughout history that people dislike being overly controlled by their governments and the main reaction from a strict government is typically rebellion. However, these people also want the government to protect them from harm. In his “Second Treatise of Civil Government”, John Locke states that “... the enjoyment of the property he has in this state is very unsafe, very …show more content…

Locke also wrote, “But though men, when they enter into society, give up the equality, liberty, and executive power they had in the state of nature, into the hands of the society, to be so far disposed of by the legislative, as the

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