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The formation of government is one of the central themes for both Hobbes and Locke Whether or not men naturally form a government or must form a government is based on mans basic nature According to Hobbes a government must be formed to preserve life and prevent loss of property According to Locke a government arises to protect life and property Governments are born of inequality and formed to administer equality Hobbes goes into a lot of detail concerning mans interactions with one another including ways in which man can seek to live together in Peace and Unity page 69 However Hobbes focuses on the interactions of man seeking the same goal In any system of limited resources Competition of Riches Honour Command or other power enclineth to Contention Enmity and War Because the way of one Competitor to attaining of his desire is to kill subdue supplant or repell the other page 70 Hobbes also deals with the qualities which man possess and how they affect a mans basic nature Man who is charismatic leads others to confide in him Charisma combined with military ability causes men to follow others as leaders Those who think of themselves as leaders the Men that have a strong opinion of their own wisdome in matter of government are disposed to Ambition page 72 According to Hobbes Nature hath made men so equall in the faculties of body and mind as that though there bee found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body or of quicker mind then another yet when all is reckoned together the difference between man and man is not so considerable page 86-87 Furthermore man tend to see himself as wisest in matters whether or not others may do things better and that there is no great sign of equal distribution than that every man is contended with his share page 87 Hobbes and Locke consider the formation of government from mans own nature
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