Theodore Teddy Bear Schiele


John Locke, the visionary philosopher, and philanthropist, holds a special place in my heart as my favorite author in history. His profound ideas have shaped my perspective on equality, individual rights, and the essence of human nature. Locke’s assertion that all individuals are born equal, endowed with “inalienable” natural rights bestowed upon us by God, resonates deeply with me. Among these fundamental rights, Locke emphasized the sacredness of life, liberty, and property, advocating that they should never be infringed upon or surrendered.

One concept put forth by Locke that greatly impacted me is the notion that when stripped of everything, man reverts back to his primal instinct of survival. This insight has become an integral part of my philosophy in business. By tuning out distractions and focusing on our core instincts, we can operate in a mode of resilience and adaptability. Desperation has no place in our strategies and systems; instead, we thrive on a foundation of sound principles and calculated decision-making.

Locke’s influence extends beyond individual rights and reaches into the realm of governance. He played a pivotal role in advocating for the separation of church and state, recognizing the importance of keeping religious authority distinct from political power. His belief in natural law, divine principles that govern human conduct, stood in contrast to civil law, which he saw as man-made regulations. Locke’s vision of a society governed by laws derived from reason and natural rights has been instrumental in shaping modern political systems.

In his influential work, the Two Treatises of Government, Locke eloquently defended the idea that men are inherently free and equal, challenging the notion that individuals are naturally subject to a monarch by divine decree. He emphasized that in the absence of a common authority to judge and mediate disputes, people exist in a state of nature. However, Locke also recognized the need for legitimate government and proposed the concept of separation of powers, with the legislative branch playing a central role.

As I reflect on Locke’s teachings, I am reminded of the importance of upholding the principles of equality, liberty, and the protection of natural rights in our society. His ideas continue to inspire and guide my personal and professional journey, reminding me of the power of reason, the sanctity of individual freedom, and the pursuit of justice.

In a world where inequalities persist, and the struggle for individual rights continues, let us draw inspiration from John Locke’s timeless wisdom. May we strive to build a society that respects the inherent equality and dignity of every person, and where the separation of powers ensures accountability and safeguards our individual liberties.

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