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      §9. These are defects, we may observe, in the Memory of one
Man compared with another. There is another defect, which we may
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conceive to be in the memory of Man in general, compared with
some superiour created intellectual Beings, which in this faculty
may so far excel Man, that they may have constantly in view
the whole Scene of all their former actions, wherein no one of
the thoughts they have ever had, may slip out of their sight. The
omniscience of God, who knows all things past, present, and to
come, and to whom the thoughts of Men’s hearts always lie open,
may satisfie us of the possibility of this. For who can doubt, but
God may communicate to those glorious Spirits, his immediate
Attendants, any of his Perfections, in what proportion he pleases,
as far as created finite Beings can be capable.’Tis reported of that
prodigy of Parts, Monsieur Pascal, that, till the decay of his health
had impaired his memory, he forgot nothing of what he had done,
read, or thought in any part of his rational Age. This is a privilege
so little known to most Men, that it seems almost incredible to
those, who, after the ordinary way, measure all others by themselves:
But yet, when considered, may help us to enlarge our thoughts
towards greater Perfections of it in superior ranks of Spirits. For
this of Mr. Pascal was still with the narrowness, that humane
Minds are confin’d to here, of having great variety of Ideas only by
succession, not all at once: Whereas the several degrees of Angels
may probably have larger views, and some of them be endowed
with capacities able to retain together, and constantly set before
them, as in one Picture, all their past knowledge at once. This, we
may conceive, would be no small advantage to the knowledge of a
thinking Man; if all his past thoughts, and reasonings could be
always present to him. And therefore we may suppose it one of
those ways, wherein the knowledge of separate Spirits may ex-
ceedingly surpass ours.
Locke Hum II, 10, §9, pp. 153-154