Update on the Situation in Syria

Thomas Hobbes, philosopher

Thomas Hobbes, philosopher (Photo credit: lisby1)

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. For war consisteth not in
battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein
the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore
the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is
in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not
in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many
days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual
fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time
there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is peace.

Whatsoever therefore is
consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man,
the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other
security than what their own strength and their own invention shall
furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for
industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no
culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that
may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of
moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge
of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no
society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of
violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish,
and short.

The full text can be found here.


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