Today in class we discussed the philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Thomas Hobbes states that in mankind’s natural state, without government, people are naturally selfish, caring not for others but only for their own personal wellbeing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, John Locke believes that humans are naturally reasonable and tolerable of each other. Although rather pessimistic, I believe that history has proven Hobbes’ theory on human nature to be correct. When governments break down, and society collapses into chaos, people lose interest in the wellbeing of others, and focus primarily on their personal safety and survival. In Somali for instance, the government is in control of the northern half of the country, while the southern half is completely out it’s jurisdiction. In this half of the country, murder, looting, and rape rein. Leaving me to believe that people in their natural state are inherently malevolent, as dismal as this may sound.