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Obj. What shall become of those who want them, answered.
      §3. What shall we say then? Are the greatest part of Mankind,
by the necessity of their Condition, subjected to unavoidable
Ignorance in those Things, which are of greatest Importance to
them? (for of those, ’tis obvious to enquire.) Have the Bulk of
Mankind no other Guide, but Accident, and blind Chance, to
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conduct them to their Happiness, or Misery? Are the current Opini-
ons, and licensed Guides of every Country sufficient Evidence and
Security to every Man, to venture his greatest Concernments on;
nay, his everlasting Happiness, or Misery? Or can those be the cer-
tain and infallible Oracles and Standards of Truth, which teach one
Thing in Christendom, and another in Turkey? Or shall a poor Country-
man be eternally happy, for having the Chance to be born in Italy;
or a Day-Labourer be unavoidably lost, because he had the ill Luck
to be born in England? How ready some Men may be to say some
of these Things, I will not here examine: but this I am sure, that
Men must allow one or other of these to be true, (let them chuse
which they please;) or else grant, That GOD has furnished Men
with Faculties sufficient to direct them in the Way they should
take, if they will but seriously employ them that Way, when their
ordinary Vocations allow them the Leisure. No Man is so wholly
taken up with the Attendance on the Means of Living, as to have
no spare Time at all to think of his Soul, and inform himself in
Matters of Religion. Were Men as intent upon this, as they are on
Things of lower Concernment, there are none so enslaved to the
Necessities of Life, who might not find many Vacancies, that might
be husbanded to this Advantage of their Knowledge.
Locke Hum IV, 20, §3, pp. 707-708