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From a wrong judgment of what makes a necessary part of their happiness.       §60. Their aptness therefore to conclude, that they can be
happy without it, is one great occasion, that Men often are not
raised to the desire of the greatest absent good. For whilst such
thoughts possess them, the joys of a future State move them not;
they have little concern or uneasiness about them; and the will,
free from the determination of such desires, is left to the pursuit of
nearer satisfactions, and to the removal of those uneasinesses which
it then feels in its want of, and longings after them. Change but a
Man’s view of these things; let him see, that Virtue and Religion
are necessary to his Happiness; let him look into the future State of
Bliss or Misery, and see there God the righteous Judge, ready to
render to every Man according to his Deeds; To them who by patient
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continuance in well-doing, seek for Glory, and Honour, and Immortality,
Eternal Life; but unto every Soul that doth Evil, Indignation and Wrath,
Tribulation and Anguish
: Rom. 2: 6-9. To him, I say, who hath a prospect of the
different State of perfect Happiness or Misery, that attends all Men
after this Life, depending on their Behaviour here, the measures of
Good and Evil, that govern his choice, are mightily changed. For
since nothing of Pleasure and Pain in this Life, can bear any pro-
portion to endless Happiness, or exquisite Misery of an immortal
Soul hereafter, Actions in his Power will have their preference, not
according to the transient Pleasure, or Pain that accompanies, or
follows them here; but as they serve to secure that perfect durable
Happiness hereafter.
Locke Hum II, 21, §60, pp. 273-274