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      §59. But since our voluntary Actions carry not all the Happiness
and Misery, that depend on them, along with them in their present
performance; but are the precedent Causes of Good and Evil, which
they draw after them, and bring upon us, when they themselves are
passed, and cease to be; our desires look beyond our present enjoy-
ments, and carry the Mind out to absent good, according to the
necessity which we think there is of it, to the making or increase of
our Happiness. ’Tis our opinion of such a necessity that gives it its
attraction: without that we are not moved by absent good. For in
this narrow scantling of capacity, which we are accustomed to, and
sensible of here, wherein we enjoy but one pleasure at once, which,
when all uneasiness is away, is, whilst it lasts, sufficient to make us
think our selves happy, ’tis not all remote, and even apparent good,
that affects us. Because the indolency and enjoyment we have,
sufficing for our present Happiness, we desire not to venture the
change: Since we judge that we are happy already, being content,
and that is enough. For who is content is happy. But as soon as any
new uneasiness comes in, this Happiness is disturb’d, and we are
set afresh on work in the pursuit of Happiness.
Locke Hum II, 21, §59, p. 273