For so long, I have wondered why we live in such a society, where the wealthy continue to horde the food that is meant for all. It was when I found Thomas Hobbes’s works, discrediting the ideas of the state of nature, claiming
“state of nature . . . has no idea of goodness he must be naturally wicked; that he is vicious because he does not know virtue”
But, in the state of nature, no one is naturally good or evil. Their morals are uncorrupted, and it is changed and skewed by others and society.
My fellow philosophers and I have become very strong believers in the state of nature. I wasn’t necessarily angered, but disappointed how poorly our society was ran. Because of this, I was inspired to write two works: “Discourage on the Origin of Equality” and “The Social Contract”. In these, I explain the state of nature, how people cooperated before a society or government was in place, and how government even formed from that state. Back in this state of nature, before classes of men, all humans are equal. All humans are born with the same natural rights, and the lands of this beautiful planet we live on, is not claimed by a single man, but shared among the people.
Here is one section from my book, “Discourage on the Origin of Equality”
“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”
I hope in the future, this idea of state of nature, will spread not only amongst philosophers, but it will influence and revolutionize how society will run. Change is difficult, but over time, this idea will ultimately lead to a greater, more equal society.