From a psychological point of view, John Locke appears to be fairly normal, and for a philosopher this seems to be quite an accomplishment. He didn't hate either Mom or Dad. He wasn't overcoming any childhood abuse. He never married, but had romances with woman. He lived through the period of the English civil war in 1688. His father was a Puritan and supported Cromwell. When the crown was reestablished in England he and his benefactor, the lord of Shaftsbury formally the Lord Ashley, and off-and-on again chancellor of England and resident prisoner in the tower of London, found prudent refuge in liberal, tolerant Holland. Locke is considered the philosophical father of Liberalism. His political ideas founded the basis of our government. Locke was heavy on the idea of tolerance and wrote notable papers supporting the idea, but in real life he had several prejudices of his own. He thought that teaching Poetry to boys was folly and should be discouraged. But yet in his fifties, falling in love with an attractive and much younger woman, a little sweetie by the name of Damaris Cudworth, he found it necessary to write a few little foolish love poems himself. Miss Cudworth finally married someone else, but she and her husband welcomed John to the security of their household in his old age, where he became a grandfatherly figure to the children of her and all of his old friends. He also thought that there were two groups to whom tolerance should not be shown; Roman Catholics because they owned allegiance to a foreign power, the Pope and Atheists to whom, supposedly, no authority was justified. But in truth, don't all religions owe allegiance to a Foreign Power? He is most noted for challenging the divine right of Kings. A theory, espoused at the time by a guy named Filmer and later by Edmond Burke who was Tom Paine's adversary in the same argument a century later. Both men traced the authority of governments over people, from God, to Adam, to the Kings. The Egyptians, the Mexicans, the Peruvians and the Japanese held pretty much the same philosophy. And today I would say that most religions hold a similar view at least with regards to faith and morals. Authority begins with God, is then extended to some human benefactor, a Savior, or Prophet (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, John Smith etc.) and then to the popes, or rabbis, or bishops, or ministers of whatever modern day philosophy they now profess. John Locke and Tom Paine said that the power of governments originated within the independence and freedom of the individual, who then through some sort of unwritten contract or agreement temporarily transferred this authority to a leader or government. Rousseau was of the similar opinion. The trouble with both of these ideas is similar. In the first case no one has yet been able to get God to verify their particular claims in Person, and in the second case no one seems to be able to find any such signed contract to which supposedly everyone has agreed. This whole confusion has produced quite a dilemma and controversy, one that continues to this very day. It is agreed, John Locke was a nice guy, but very inconsistent.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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