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Our judgment of present Good or Evil always right.       §58 In the first place, I shall consider the wrong judgments Men
make of future Good and Evil, whereby their desires are misled.
For as to present Happiness and Misery, when that alone comes in
consideration, and the consequences are quite removed, a Man
never chuses amiss ; he knows what best pleases him, and that, he
actually prefers. Things in their present enjoyment are what they
seem; the apparent and real good are, in this case, always the same.
For the Pain or Pleasure being just so great, and no greater, than it
is felt, the present Good or Evil is really so much as it appears. And
therefore were every Action of ours concluded within it self, and
drew no Consequences after it, we should undoubtedly never err
in our choice of good; we should always infallibly prefer the best.
Were the pains of honest Industry, and of starving with Hunger
and Cold set together before us, no Body would be in doubt which
to chuse: were the satisfaction of a Lust, and the Joys of Heaven
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offered at once to any one’s present Possession, he would not
balance, or err in the determination of his choice.
Locke Hum II, 21, §58, pp. 272-273