Leviathan Themes

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Vain Glory

One of the main problems men face when they are in nature is gaining too much power. When they are popular people and have the ability to charm people into being their friends and followers, then they have the power to control and gain even more power. This can lead to vain glory because a person will not know when to stop. Power in this sense becomes addictive, like a drug, and a person can be willing to lose everything he has to ensure they keep their power, or gain more.

Vain glory is just as dangerous in a commonwealth as it is in nature. In a commonwealth, a vain person may think he or she is above the law and will begin to resent it. This resentment causes them to begin to harbor anger and people can only internalize anger for so long. Once people have...

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