Enlightenment Research Paper While the enlightenment is taking place John Locke will become one of the most well known and influential philosophers. Although some people did not like his ideas and beliefs, their were some that ended up for the better such as people are independent and equal, people are naturally selfish and also that depending on what you do illegally you might end up having the death penalty. John Locke was big on sharing that everyone is created equal and they should be independent. This show with the multiple reliable documents of him saying “Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”.Which for people in the past and even now there is people that strongly agree or do not feel the same way. Also John Locke believe that humans are naturally selfish. “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves poison the fountain.” This is a good by John Locke stating that people wonder why the next generation is selfish and that it is caused by what the parents are teaching their kids and what they grow up around. Finally one of the big thing John Locke believed in was that if you commit a major crime or something of the sort that you should suffer the death penalty. “A criminal who, having renounced reason … hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tiger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security” This quote is saying the if you murder or you commit violence to another person that you should be giving capital punishment. These are the reason why John Locke is well known and whether if people liked his ideas or beliefs. Equality and independence is shown in the Emancipation Proclamation, People being selfish is shown at an early age when you have to teach your kids to share, and Capital Punishment is shown when you have commited a bad mudur you are usually sent to death.