A government reduced to state of nature

Imagine that Canada has been reduced to a state of nature, by some natural catastrophe or a civil war. It is your job to organise a new government. You can chose ONE of the following political theorists as your chief advisor: Hobbes, Locke or Marx. Explain the political theory of your chosen advisor and describe the form of government you are going to offer your citizens. How would the other two thinkers critique your new government?

Thomas Hobbes believe that before government life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In the absence of an absolute ruler, we would all kill each other. We need a ruler who is strong enough that he is beyond challenge. That is the only thing that would keep us from tearing each other apart. He believed that we need an absolute ruler that would demand authority. His view was influenced by the English civil war. He saw absolute government in England breakdown and lead to a long civil war.

If I was to create a government from ground up. We’re going to need a leader who is strong and powerful, that can lead us to a well-functioning society. To do that we’re going to need a leader who cannot be opposed. People need to be told what to do, else they will go about their own way. I believe that, to be able to restore what once was. We must have a strong leader just like what Hobbes described in his book, “the Leviatan”.

John Locke on the other hand believes that God gave Adam natural rights which are life, liberty, and property. He says that, the government is responsible for protecting those natural rights and if they fail to protect those rights, the people can over throw their government and revert back to the state of nature, so that they can recreate the government.

Karl Marx was the founding father of communism. He would sort of agree with my chosen government. But he would also argue about the concept of material wealth. He believes that the people doesn’t work as an individual but as a society. He wants to promote equality. The rich, the poor, and the middle class would be reduced to an equal opportunity for everyone. There would be without an economic class in the society.

Top 10 reasons to love the Holidays

Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted. Read more at brainyquote

Since the holidays is just around the corner, I decided to list the top 10 things I love about the Holidays. Its my favourite time of the year. It brings people closer together and it promotes sacrificing something for the joy of others. Its an overall a feel good experience.

These are my personal favourite. Let me know what you think.

#1. Gifts


Its not a surprise that Gifts is at the top of the list. Who doesn’t like receiving gifts?. I know I do. It just brings me joy, not because of the gift itself, but really just grateful to the person. For me, the thought that goes into it is the most important thing. I personally don’t care about how much the person spent on it, Unless its really really expensive. Its the thought that counts people.

#2. Food


YES, FOOD! Its second to my list. Its the ultimate cheat month. Since Christmas is my family’s most celebrated event of the year. The amount of food is insane. The varieties of food is amazing and its always different every year. For us living north of the border, we have boxing day after Christmas. The morning of boxing day when you wake up, is the best feeling, “left over food never tasted better “. That’s why most people pack lbs. during this season.

#3. Shopping 


Shopping! Shopping! and more Shopping! Its the time where people grind it out at work. Getting over time hours to cope with their spending. We spend more in a week, compared to what we’ve spent in a year total. I think for some people, it’s their way of rewarding themselves.

#4. Christmas parties

10743693_10152807826212170_139265220_nChristmas Parties! For my family and friends, its been our tradition to have a Christmas party every year. Its a time where we get together and have dinner. We also do secret santas every year. It makes things a lot more interesting and also you save a lot of money that way since you don’t have to get every single one of them a gift.

#5. Relatives away from home


Most of us have relatives away from home. Our grandmother visited us last year from California. It was really nice to see her again after a long time. Its been a while since I’ve last seen her. There’s just no better feeling than spending time with your loved ones. It brings us closer together. Its also a great time to catch up and share stories with them.

#6. Time off from work


YES it is! A couple of days off work is enough to be part of the top 10. It doesn’t need any explanation. More quality time with family and friends for sure.

#7. Christmas Jingles


If you’re living in Toronto, tune in to 98.1. They play Christmas music all day throughout the season. It instantly puts you in the mood for the holidays.

#8. Holiday Ambiance 


I don’t know what it is about this season. It just puts you in a good mood. It could be the atmosphere, or the air we breathe. Its the feeling overall for me.

#9. Snow Snow Snow


We associate snow with a lot of activities. Tobogganing is my favourite.  Going down the hill with my makeshift sled made of boxes is the best. You just have to put on more layers to actually enjoy playing outside in the snow.

#10. Midnight Mass 

Catholic Christians has a unique way of celebrating Christmas. We attend a series of Church masses every night from the 16th of December to Christmas eve. Most of us believe that if you attend all of it, your wish would come true.  It is also meant to show devotion to God and heightened anticipation for Christ’s birth. Its a tradition.

Cocoa Farmers Tasted Chocolate For The First Time

Take a moment to reflect on the issue presented in the video.

These people harvest cocoa for a living, and yet they never tasted chocolate. Its ironic, they have been harvesting cocoa for generations, but they couldn’t buy a bar of chocolate.

This video made me think of the things that I normally take for granted.

We are so used to living a lavish life that we completely ignore these facts.

Keep in mind that there are people that would do anything to have what you have, while you waste away your life.

The only thing I’m saying is that, We are blessed to have a family, to have a roof over our heads, and to be able to do the things that we love and more.

Have a sense of awareness and be grateful for what you have.