What was Thomas Hobbes view of human nature?
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Thomas Hobbes believed that human beings naturally desire the power to live well and that they will never be satisfied with the power they have without acquiring more power.
Hobbes was particular critical of human nature in his work. He believed that human nature was self-centred within the "state of nature" (a hypothetical land from before humans mutually agreed on an authoritarian form of government). Life in the state of nature was brutish and short, and life expectancy was shorter for most individuals. Humans were merely self-interested, and would lie and cheat to get ahead. It was not until a government was put into place that humans, by giving up certain freedoms, could live stable lives.