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The essence of human nature is but a mystery even to the most renowned philosophers It may be advantageous to look at human nature through the eyes of such great thinkers as Hobbes Lock and Aristotle These men have postulated three separate yet valid approaches to the question that has riddled mankind since the beginning of the human race Many arguments have developed from the question What exactly makes us human To this day we do not have a universally accepted answer yet we have many concepts which when combined give us a concrete understanding of who we are and how we view ourselves Humans are naturally inclined towards aggression and selfishness We are all subconsciously or not egoists seeking power and wealth This natural competitive drive lends itself to conflict which in turn brings about the formation of enemies Kafkas Penal Colony addresses human aggression and power-hunger in the form of a twisted judicial system The officer in command of the monstrous torture mechanism sees it as his greatest achievement and certainly a valid addition to the colonys judicial system The harrow forks up his entire body and dumps him into the pit where he flops down on the cotton and the bloody water Now the judicial procedure is over we- I and the soldier- bury him quickly Penal 205 Clearly the value of human life has diminished in the penal colony so much that nobody even notices the intricate machine at work anymore Now this may seem like a stretch from our everyday lives or even the bounds of our countrys laws torture is not allowed in the US but we must not overlook the fact that it happens under different stipulations of course all around us Thankfully however we are not motivated exclusively by this aggression We have another side a sense of freedom and community According to John Locke people are naturally inclined toward good As a whole we strive to
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