I would like for you to think about how work in this class helps you to understand current events or art. So long as you do this, you have a lot of leeway on the general subject you write about. That being said, the main focus of the paper should be on the works we’ve looked at for class. So, for instance, when I read Virginia Woolf, I’m learning about how little I know about the lives of women, given that art has never been great at presenting a realistic portrayal of their lives. If I were to look at this, I might consider how well I think women’s lives are portrayed now in television shows about women. Do they succumb to the similar problems that Woolf suggests? What about when they are created by women; does that make a difference? You have many works, theoretical or artistic, you should use.
The better paper will wrestle more with the course materials than with the contemporary event or art they are using as their example. 1,000 words. 1,500+ is up 5 points extra credit and 1750 is an additional 10 points. Close is not close enough. 1499 is no extra credit.
How John Locke’s “The Second Treatise on Government” helps me understand current events
Reading John Locke’s works has enabled me to learn and gain skills and knowledge regarding current events and art. This is also the primary reason why it has been easy for me to understand how people in the contemporary world act the way they do and seek to attain equality and fairness among all and sundry. For instance, through the works, I could ascertain that to understand political power better and derive more from it, there is a dire need to consider the state in which men are naturally. That apart, I can also assert that it is through reading the works of John Locke that I have been in a better position of understanding the natural law and how it works and therefore been better positioned in treating all the people that I interact with or communicate with on an equal basis regardless of their religious, economic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
Through the contents of Locke’s works, I learned that it is through a state of equality that all power and jurisdictions can be reciprocal (Locke, 1998). Indeed, it is worth noting that there is a need for all people to practice equality without any form of subjection or subordination. This is true since every person globally is born with the same species and rank and born of similar advantages accorded by nature and allowed to use similar facilities without segregation or discrimination. All in all, I can genuinely assert that through learning about John Locke’s works, I came to respect the equality of all humankind regardless of their backgrounds.
Locke’s works have helped me better understand various events around my surroundings. For instance, it has enlightened me more regarding the law of nature and how it is governed in contemporary life. Through this work, I was capable of understanding that it is through the law of nature that all individuals are indeed obliged to consider that all humankind is independent and equal. Thus, they should not harm each other through their lives, liberty, health, and even possessions. Such equality thus teaches me to understand better why humankind should
consider that all people in the world are indeed the creations of only one omnipotent and wise maker.
The works by John Locke have enabled me to understand that we are all the servants of only one sovereign master who send us into the world to ensure that his property and business entities are well taken care of. Hence, there is a need to note that for all people in the world to coexist peacefully, not only to share natural resources in the community but also to ensure that there is no destruction or insubordination of each other but rather ensure that there is the preservation of every individual and that all offenders are accorded fairness and justice. This is important in the current events and life where individuals are killing each other since the work teaches me to ensure that no life is impaired or taken away but rather ensure that all individuals preserve the right to life of other people.
Through this work, I was capable of learning a lot about how to observe the law of nature in that it requires that all men across the world be duly restrained from the invasion of other people’s rights and from hurting each other. On this basis, I was also capable of learning that each and every person is allowed through the law of nature given a right to ensure that any transgressors of the law of nature are punished to a greater extent (Locke, 1998).
I was capable of learning the different situations that could hinder the execution of the law of nature. For instance, it is through the work of John Locke that I was capable of learning that the law of nature, as well as all other laws regarding men in the world, would ultimately be in vain if no one had given the power of executing such a law that will ensure that the innocent people were preserved while the offenders were restrained. Through learning about Locke’s “The Second Treatise on Government,” if any person in the state of nature could punish another person because of the evils that have been done, then all people could do so. This is because, according to this work, that perfect equality can ultimately be achieved or attained. This means that in natural law, there is no form of jurisdiction or superiority of one person over the other one, and therefore what any one person can do in prosecuting that law can rightfully be accorded to other people to do the same.
According to John Locke’s works, I have been capable of better understanding a wide range of events and arts that happen in my daily life. For instance, I was capable of learning various instances in which it is lawful for one man to harm another or execute a punishment (Locke, 1998). For instance, I was capable of learning that one of the situations in which a person can rightfully harm the other is when one man under the state of nature comes by the power over another one with no arbitrary or absolute power to do criminal acts.
Another situation in which a person can rightfully punish another person is when one dictates one’s conscience proportionate to one’s transgressions which becomes too much to serve restraint or reparation. This is quite true in the current and contemporary life since, through the transgression of the law of nature, this implies that an offender has declared oneself in living by another different rule as opposed to the rule of common equity and reasoning that God uses in measuring men’s actions and mutual security. Such individuals who willfully transgress the law of nature are known to be quite dangerous to human populations, as I learned from the work of John Locke, and therefore, there is a need to ensure that they are prevented from causing violence and injuries to other people in the society. Therefore, it is the responsibility of law-abiding citizens to prevent such people from trespassing against the entire species and help ensure that peace and safety are attained for all as is provided for and dictated by the law of nature. Therefore, each man’s score has a right to preserve the general humankind and ensure that there is restraint in situations where there is the destruction of things.
According to Locke’s works, I was capable of learning that any person who transgressed the law of nature is required to repent such actions and ensure that such individuals are deterred from doing negative actions (Locke, 1998). All in all, I was capable of learning that each man is under the law of nature allowed and has a right to punish offenders and even execute the law of nature.
Through John Locke’s works, I was capable of learning more about the beginning or start of the political societies. I was capable of learning that all men are, through nature, not only free but also equal and independent, and therefore none of them can ultimately be subjected to another person’s political power without their consent. As a result, I was capable of learning that one of the only ways through which an individual can diversify oneself from natural liberty as well as putting on any bonds of the civil society was through agreeing with other men and individuals in joining and uniting into their respective communities (Locke, 1998). This should, however, be done in a manner that will make it possible or more manageable for them to attain a safe, peaceful, and comfortable living among one another that will ultimately make them have a secure enjoyment of their properties and even have more outstanding securities against other essential aspects of life.
If a good number of men consent or agree to make one government or community, they will ultimately have the right to act and conclude on behalf of the other people. I have learned more than in circumstances where the majority of the men consent towards a particular action that will be tantamount to making such a community become one body and have the power of acting as one entity.
It is also through Locke’s works that I was capable of learning that each man, consenting with other people in the making of one body politic that is also under one government, could have ultimately put oneself under a given obligation to every person in such a society (Locke, 1998). As a result, such an individual must submit to the determination and will of the majority and go by the conclusions they make. Through John Locke’s works, I have been given more understanding and enlightenment on the different circumstances under which the government and the society can ultimately come to an end. The works have also generally helped me better understand the extent of legislative powers and the bounds in which a society trusts in the law of God and nature in government formulation.
Locke, J. (1998). Second treatise on civil government (1690). Il secondo trattato sul governo