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      §25. This is evidently the case of all Children and young Folk;
and Custom, a greater power than Nature, seldom failing to make
them worship for Divine, what she hath inured them to bow their
Minds, and submit their Understandings to, it is no wonder, that
grown Men, either perplexed in the necessary affairs of Life, or hot
in the pursuit of Pleasures, should not seriously sit down to examine
their own Tenets; especially when one of their Principles is, That
Principles ought not to be questioned. And had Men leisure, parts,
and will, Who is there almost, that dare shake the foundations of all
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his past Thoughts and Actions, and endure to bring upon himself,
the shame of having been a long time wholly in mistake and error?
Who is there, hardy enough to contend with the reproach, which is
every where prepared for those, who dare venture to dissent from
the received Opinions of their Country or Party? And where is the
Man to be found, that can patiently prepare himself to bear the
name of Whimsical, Sceptical, or Atheist, which he is sure to meet
with, who does in the least scruple any of the common Opinions?
And he will be much more afraid to question those Principles, when he
shall think them, as most Men do, the Standards set up by God in
his Mind, to be the Rule and Touchstone of all other Opinions. And
what can hinder him from thinking them sacred, when he finds them
the earliest of all his own Thoughts, and the most reverenced by
others?
Locke Hum I, 3, §25, pp. 82-83