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Ideas of Reflection later, because they need Attention.       §8. And hence we see the Reason, why ’tis pretty late, before
most Children get Ideas of the Operations of their own Minds; and
some have not any very clear, or perfect Ideas of the greatest part of
them all their Lives. Because, though they pass there continually;
yet like floating Visions, they make not deep Impressions enough,
to leave in the Mind clear distinct lasting Ideas, till the Under-
standing turns inwards upon it self, reflects on its own Operations, and
makes them the Object of its own Contemplation. Children, when
they come first into it, are surrounded with a world of new things,
which, by a constant solicitation of their senses, draw the mind
constantly to them, forward to take notice of new, and apt to be
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delighted with the variety of changing Objects. Thus the first
Years are usually imploy’d and diverted in looking abroad. Men’s
Business in them is to acquaint themselves with what is to be
found without; and so growing up in a constant attention to out-
ward Sensations, seldom make any considerable Reflection on what
passes within them, till they come to be of riper Years; and some
scarce ever at all.
Locke Hum II, 1, §8, pp. 107-108