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      §65. Add to this, that absent good, or which is the same thing,
future pleasure, especially if of a sort which we are unacquainted
with, seldom is able to counter-balance any uneasiness, either of
pain or desire, which is present. For its greatness being no more,
than what shall be really tasted when enjoyed, Men are apt enough
to lessen that, to make it give place to any present desire; and
conclude with themselves, that when it comes to trial, it may
possibly not answer the report, or opinion, that generally passes
of it, they having often found, that not only what others have
magnified, but even what they themselves have enjoyed with great
pleasure and delight at one time, has proved insipid or nauseous at
another; and therefore they see nothing in it, for which they should
forego a present enjoyment. But that this is a false way of judging,
when apply’d to the Happiness of another life, they must confess,
unless they will say, God cannot make those happy he designs to
be so. For that being intended for a State of Happiness, it must
certainly be agreeable to every one’s wish and desire: Could we
suppose their relishes as different there as they are here, yet the
Manna in Heaven will suit every one’s Palate. Thus much of the
wrong Judgment we make of present and future Pleasure and Pain,
when they are compared together, and so the absent considered as
future.
Locke Hum II, 21, §65, p. 277