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Because uneasiness alone is present.       §37. Another reason why ’tis uneasiness alone determines the will,
may be this. Because that alone is present, and, ’tis against the nature
of things, that what is absent should operate, where it is not. It
may be said, that absent good may by contemplation be brought
home to the mind, and made present. The Idea of it indeed may be
in the mind, and view’d as present there: but nothing will be in the
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mind as a present good, able to counter-balance the removal of any
uneasiness, which we are under, till it raises our desire, and the
uneasiness of that has the prevalency in determining the will. Till
then the Idea in the mind of whatever good, is there only like other
Ideas, the object of bare unactive speculation; but operates not on
the will, nor sets us on work: the reason whereof I shall shew by and
by. How many are to be found, that have had lively representations
set before their minds of the unspeakable joys of Heaven, which
they acknowledge both possible and probable too, who yet would
be content to take up with their happiness here? and so the pre-
vailing uneasinesses of their desires, let loose after the enjoyments of
this life, take their turns in the determining their wills, and all that
while they take not one step, are not one jot moved, towards the
good things of another life considered as never so great.
Locke Hum II, 21, §37, pp. 254-255