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Single Idea 19865

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 3. Natural Equality]

Full Idea

Creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of Nature, are also equal one among another, without subordination or subjection.

Gist of Idea

There is no subjection in nature, and all creatures of the same species are equal


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 004)

A Reaction

The birds in my garden don't behave as if that were true. Physical strength is surely a natural inequality.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.118