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Chapter 13 Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as concerning their Felicity and Misery

WithRichard A. Epstein

Nature hath made men so equal, in the faculties of the body, and mind; as that though there be found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body, or of quicker mind than another; yet when all is reckoned together, the difference between man, and man, is not so considerable, as that one man can thereupon claim to himself any benefit, to which another may not pretend, as well as he. Out of civil states, there is always war of every one against every one. Hereby it is manifest, that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war, as is of every man, against every man. The right of nature is the liberty each man hath, to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature.