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The works of Thomas Hobbs is food for the conservative mindset and Leviathan is no exception. Some interesting beliefs he had were focused around backing up the monarch’s absolute right to rule, yet at the same time, he points out that a monarch’s power is given to him by his subjects and that without those subjects, there would be nothing to rule.
Another interesting point is the idea that happiness in one’s life mostly depends on how one views life and their particular circumstances. For example a peasant can be more content than a king if that peasant views the glass as half full as opposed to half empty. Hobbs also makes the assertion that tyranny will always fail because no ruler will stand for long without the support of his subjects.
Although the language and syntax are quite old, and can make this a long and drawn out book (text wise), David McCallion did a wonderful job with the narration… Those philosophical thinkers who make the effort to study this book will not regret it.
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