Karacabey for Why is submission to despotism better than living in the state of nature? It seems like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Hobbes’s response is that with the creation of a sovereign power, one at least knows where the heat is coming from. The sovereign has no reason to fear his subjects because he is allpowerful. Accordingly, he has no reason to kill or otherwise harm them unless they get out of line. For individuals primarily motivated by fear of death and deprivation, a peaceful life under despotic rule is better than freedom in a state of endless war. the question of human nature 3 3 Hobbes had translated the writings of the ancient Greek thinker Thucydides (c. 460 400 B. Karacabey 2016.