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      §27. For to extend our Thoughts a little farther, that pressure,
which is brought to explain the cohesion of Bodies, is as unintelli-
gible, as the cohesion it self. For if Matter be considered, as no
doubt it is, finite, let any one send his Contemplation to the
Extremities of the Universe, and there see what conceivable Hoops,
what Bond he can imagine to hold this mass of Matter, in so close a
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pressure together, from whence Steel has its firmness, and the parts
of a Diamond their hardness and indissolubility. If Matter be finite,
it must have its Extremes; and there must be something to hinder
it from scattering asunder. If to avoid this difficulty, any one will
throw himself into the Supposition and Abyss of infinite Matter,
let him consider, what light he thereby brings to the cohesion of
Body; and whether he be ever the nearer making it intelligible, by
resolving it into a Supposition, the most absurd and most incom-
prehensible of all other: So far is our Extension of Body, (which is
nothing but the cohesion of solid parts,) from being clearer, or more
distinct, when we would enquire into the Nature, Cause, or Manner
of it, than the Idea of Thinking.
Locke Hum II, 23, §27, pp. 310-311