Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Justice and John Locke

Justice lecture 4 by Harvard University


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Here are my thoughts on the 4th lecture of Justice by Harvard University.

“For men, being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker, they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s pleasure.”- John Locke

Am I God’s property? I don’t believe I am. I believe that God can create anything including a free man. To be able to create us with freedom shows that God is wise. If we had been created by a being without wisdom, they may have created servants or property.

“One may destroy a man who makes war upon him… for the same reason that he may kill a wolf or a lion; because such men… have no other rule, but that of force and violence, and so may be treated as beasts of prey, those dangerous and noxious creatures, that will be sure to destroy him, whenever he falls into their power.”- John Locke

If you understand a lion or a wolf it becomes unnecessary to kill them. They are still dangerous beasts yet you have learned how to alter your behavior to their presence. When a lion attacks, I do not behave like a lion and attack in return. There must be better ways to share a world with dangerous people.

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