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Relation only betwixt two Things.       §6. Whatsoever doth, or can exist, or be considered as one thing,
is positive: and so not only simple Ideas, and Substances, but Modes
also are positive Beings; though the parts, of which they consist,
are very often relative one to another; but the whole together
considered as one thing, and producing in us the complex Idea of
one thing; which Idea is in our Minds, as one Picture, though an
aggregate of divers parts; and under one name, it is a positive or
absolute Thing, or Idea. Thus a Triangle, though the parts thereof,
compared one to another, be relative, yet the Idea of the whole, is a
positive absolute Idea. The same may be said of a Family, a Tune,
etc. for there can be no Relation, but betwixt two Things, con-
sidered as two Things. There must always be in relation two Ideas,
or Things, either in themselves really separate, or considered as
distinct, and then a ground or occasion for their comparison.
Locke Hum II, 25, §6, p. 321