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Life in this state is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Without any law or a strong ruler to set limits, mankind is continually at war with itself and life is constantly exposed to fear and the danger of violent death. It is to overcome this state that mankind, being rational animals, will come to the realization of the need for rational self-preservation. Hobbes notes nineteen laws of nature, rules a reasonable man will follow in pursuing his own advantage. : 181) 44 45 Achebe and Ngugi the law of nature as ‘the dictate of right reason, conversant about those things which are either to be done or omitted for the constant preservation of life and members, as much as in us lies’.

He was elected president-general of Ogidi Town Union in 1986. In the same year, he ended his fouryear stint as president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, relinquished the position of editor of Okike and was appointed pro-chancellor of the Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu. In 1987 he was appointed honorary life vice-president of the Onitsha Chamber of Commerce. Achebe married Christie Chinwe Three Okoli in 1961 and they have four children. He has worked at Bard College since 1990.

Life in this state is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Without any law or a strong ruler to set limits, mankind is continually at war with itself and life is constantly exposed to fear and the danger of violent death. It is to overcome this state that mankind, being rational animals, will come to the realization of the need for rational self-preservation. Hobbes notes nineteen laws of nature, rules a reasonable man will follow in pursuing his own advantage. : 181) 44 45 Achebe and Ngugi the law of nature as ‘the dictate of right reason, conversant about those things which are either to be done or omitted for the constant preservation of life and members, as much as in us lies’.

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