While discussing Hobbes’ argument for the natural state of all human beings, there seemed to be, to me, a small contradiction. Hobbes says that people are inherently evil and out to destroy each other. We have a fundamental desire for war. However, he also declares that it would be impossible for us to live in our natural state, because it would be too violent and chaotic, so our need for peace would trigger the institution of a sovereign ruler. So if our instinct is to establish a form of government, isn’t our instinct peaceful? He cannot say that humans’ intrinsic state is violent if we also naturally choose peace. This contradiction came as a surprise to me from Hobbes. The rest of his writing is so coherent and the steps always follow each other rationally. But the ambiguity in one of his central arguments really took me out of the logic of Leviathan.