honors analytic paper 1 social Contract

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Analytic Paper 1 In this country, we are born into a pre-existing social contract. As children, we do not have to deal with continual fear of death. In some situations, children do suffer from this fear, but for the most part, we are not living in a time period of lawlessness. There are repercussions for wrong doings and people cannot do whatever they please to further their own self-interest. Every man is not against every man. However, if our lives were like this, we would be living in a state of nature. We are fortunate enough to be born into a society where there are agreements to submit to some rules and give up some freedoms in order to secure our freedoms. This agreement is known as the social contract. In class lecture, we learned the difference between a state of nature and the social contract that we now have. A state of nature is a time before government where every man is for himself. There is constant violent death in a state of nature and is essentially like war as everyone fights each other. However, a social contract is an essential piece to a society as we hope that everyone can agree to some basic rules and enforce them through a government. We unfortunately lose some freedoms as we give up lawlessness, but by giving up freedoms we also ensure our other freedoms and safety. Therefore, the social contract is completely voluntary and is not forced. A clear example of the social contract is that we give up our freedom to speed or stop at a red light while driving. However, if we were to speed and not stop at red lights, accidents would be extremely common and cause loss of time and money, hence more loss of freedom. Through the social contract, we voluntarily give up some freedoms while knowing the contract will be beneficial in the long run. There is always the chance that we can return to a state of nature, and this is shown in the film we watched in class, Escape from New York.
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