Are Human Beings Estranged In Essence?

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Glenn Tinder: Are Human Beings Estranged in Essence? Glenn Tinder in Political Thinking raises such questions needing reconciliation. When presented with Tinder’s questions, I was confronted with overcoming estrangement as a political issue. “Are human beings estranged in essence?” presented the most precedence of all the questions in the book. I view overcoming estrangement as a path towards conformity because overcoming estrangement requires abolishing our freedom and liberty, our free will. Tinder states we can perhaps hope to achieve harmony and understanding, if human beings are not estranged in essence. He also believes that it would not make sense to say that some people are estranged in essence and others are not. The great historical thinker Thomas Hobbes has argued that human beings are estranged in essence. This question presses on us from different sides and has been the reasoning for philosophical thinkers such as, Thomas Hobbes to shed light on this question, throughout this time; this is not only a question it is an issue in our world today as much as years ago. Are human beings estranged in essence? This question presents estrangement as requiring a solution, but before addressing the solution I had to establish a definition for estrangement. Estrangement exemplifies quiet and harmless life devoid of friends. A word that characterizes estrangement is “distance” (Tinder). When people are unsure about what is deepest and enduring to them they are estranged in essence. Also if people can live apart or alone with more joy fulfillment than they can live together, they are estranged. That brings me to the term essence. An individual’s essence is their “inner most” or “basic self” (Tinder). For example a person may say they were not their true self when they were speaking recklessly after drinking. That person is referring to his or her essence, one’s
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