However, the distance and opposition of each with respect to natural law were different in content.
However, Machiavelli was somewhat different from the other humanists in his time. Unlike Machiavelli, most humanists of the Renaissance strongly believed that each individual played an extremely important role in society.
Conversely, Machiavelli had a very negative view on human nature and was quick to mock it. In fact, the central message of many of his writings was based on the faults of mankind. Machiavelli had an exceptionally cynical view on the inherent nature of humans. He truly thought that overall, humans were not willing to serve their country unless to directly benefit themselves.
Machiavelli presents these traits, as well as many others, as evidence to support his own skeptical view of the nature of humans. While it is obviously true that some humans do in fact possess the unfortunate qualities that Machiavelli mentions in The Prince, it is unfair and simply untrue to say that this is the inherent nature of all humans.
It is my personal belief that humans are born inherently good and are slowly corrupted and molded by society. When we are first born, we have been given barely any information about what is right and wrong. In the very beginning, we have no cultural influence, and no otherwise public communication that could possibly taint our innocent minds.
Growing up, we see other people, such as family or friends, or even those we see in the media, do things that are evil. This is how we become aware of the differences between good and evil.
After we have been presented with both of these options, instead of automatically doing what we assume is the right thing, what we would have done if not presented with an alternative, we are now faced with a difficult choice: It is no ones first intention to be evil or to hurt another human.
In fact, most crimes are usually committed at the age when humans have been most corrupted by society. There is always good in people, but as time goes on, that amount of inherent good often shrinks due to their experiences or outside forces.
This view on human nature has had a very positive effect on my relationships with others. If you approach a situation with low expectations and fear of disappointment, you will never be able to completely open yourself up and give the situation your all. The same goes for people.
When you first meet a person, it is important to approach them with an open mind.
This allows you to see them for who they really are. This can also help you manage and lead them. By assuming that people are inherently good, it gives you more incentive to trust them with things you otherwise would not.
And though sometimes you may misplace your trust, it will help you to retain the hardest working, and most loyal people.Analysis Continuing his discussion of virtues that are not virtues, Machiavelli considers mercy and cruelty. As with generosity and miserliness, he comes down on the side of the supposedly bad quality.
In fact, if you read Machiavelli’s letters about this incident—Machiavelli was a diplomat at the time and was actually present when the body was placed in the piazza of Cesena—Machiavelli suggests that Borgia was even engaging in literary allusions in this spectacle of punishment.
Jean Bodin (c. —) The humanist philosopher and jurist Jean Bodin was one of the most prominent political thinkers of the sixteenth century. The truth is this: none of the gods loves wisdom  or desires to become wise ; for they are wise already., Nor does anyone else who is wise love wisdom., Neither do the ignorant love wisdom, or desire to become wise, for this is the harshest thing about ignorance, that those who are neither good  nor beautiful  nor sensible  think that they are good enough.
As the open source movement reaches the two-decade milestone, thoughts turn to the movement's achievements and future goals. In this full analysis of Machiavelli’s literary masterpiece, The Prince, and through the use of various other primary and secondary sources, students in this lesson will identify, understand and be able to explain Machiavelli’s theories behind power and government, his ideas on how a ruler should deal with religion and the Church, and finally what he .