Transcription of LocHum,252[2]
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This the spring of Action.       §34. When a Man is perfectly content with the State he is in,
which is when he is perfectly without any uneasiness, what industry,
what action, what Will is there left, but to continue in it? Of this
every Man’s observation will satisfy him. And thus we see our All-
wise Maker, suitable to our constitution and frame, and knowing
what it is that determines the Will, has put into Man the uneasiness
of hunger and thirst, and other natural desires, that return at their
Seasons, to move and determine their Wills, for the preservation of
themselves, and the continuation of their Species. For I think we
may conclude, that, if the bare contemplation of these good ends,
to which we are carried by these several uneasinesses, had been
sufficient to determine the will, and set us on work, we should have
had none of these natural pains, and perhaps in this World, little or
no pain at all. It is better to marry than to burn, says St. Paul ; 1 Cor. 7: 9. where
we may see, what it is, that chiefly drives Men into the enjoyments
of a conjugal life. A little burning felt pushes us more powerfully,
than greater pleasures in prospect draw or allure.
Locke Hum II, 21, §34, p. 252