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Why not being desired, it moves not the will.       §45. The ordinary necessities of our lives, fill a great part of
them with the uneasiness of Hunger, Thirst, Heat, Cold, Weariness with
labour, and Sleepiness in their constant returns, etc. To which, if
besides accidental harms, we add the fantastical uneasiness, (as itch
after Honour, Power, or Riches, etc.) which acquir’d habits by Fashion,
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Example, and Education have setled in us, and a thousand other
irregular desires, which custom has made natural to us, we shall
find, that a very little part of our life is so vacant from these
uneasinesses, as to leave us free to the attraction of remoter absent
good. We are seldom at ease, and free enough from the sollicitation
of our natural or adopted desires, but a constant succession of
uneasinesses out of that stock, which natural wants, or acquired
habits have heaped up, take the will in their turns; and no sooner is
one action dispatch’d, which by such a determination of the will we
are set upon, but another uneasiness is ready to set us on work. For
the removing of the pains we feel, and are at present pressed with,
being the getting out of misery, and consequently the first thing
to be done in order to happiness, absent good, though thought on,
confessed, and appearing to be good, not making any part of this
unhappiness in its absence, is jostled out, to make way for the
removal of those uneasinesses we feel, till due, and repeated Contem-
plation has brought it nearer to our Mind, given some relish of it,
and raised in us some desire; which then beginning to make a part
of our present uneasiness, stands upon fair terms with the rest, to be
satisfied, and so according to its greatness, and pressure, comes in
its turn to determine the will.
Locke Hum II, 21, §45, pp. 261-262