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plaining, even upon Supposition that it was true, I come now in the
Third and laf Place, To lay down some Rules, by which we may acquire a happier Farme and Temper of Mind. Since the Happiness of a Man depends upon the Mind, and not upon the Things without him, it the more concerns us to keep our Minds in a true, sedate, and easy Posture: And in order to it, let us,
First, Endeavour to regulate our Paflions; for we are reduc'd, to the necessity of governing them, or of suffering them to govern us.
Indeed this is a more difficult Talk to fome People than to others, according to the Nature of the Constitution, and therefore the greater Pains are requir’d; and when we have done this, but not till then, we shall be able to consider things to be what they are, and not what they are not; and look upon the World to be, not what it ought to be, but what he finds it to be.". We found it to be as it is, when we .camo into it, and we shall hardly leave it better
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if we will put things upon a right
Secondly, Another Rule in order to acquire a happier Temper of Mind is this, before we complain of other People, to mend those Faults in ourselves'; for it is unjust to complain of others, while we are guilty of the fame Things; we should at least take Care to give others no Reason to complain of us; for
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to the Contempt of all Wise Men, who will say, It is Time enough for us to complain of others, when we are without Fault ourselves ; and that we should not pretend to pull the Mote out of our Brother's Eye, till we have taken the Beam out of our own Eye. · 'Tis an easy thing to say that no Times were ever so bad as the present, but then 'it is not so easy to prove it: Fact and Experience are against it: But allowing it to be true, would not it prove too much? Would not it prove
that we are bad too? But the Infatuation lies here. Every one makes this Complaint more or less: I would fain know then, who these people are that we all complain of? Are they not our own selves? If the Times are bad, why do we not rather help to make them better? But it is a popular Subject : The Wickedness of the Age is a Topic that will be sure to please, because People are glad to have others thought worse than themselves. Some talk of it out of Heedlessness of Temper,
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Others exclaim against the Times out
Indeed they can hardly be said to live at all: But the the troublesome Hours pass dreadfully over their Heads while present; and as they roll off in the Tide of Time, they flide out of their Remembrance, and are fucceeded with fresh ones still as troublefome as the others.
Thirdly, Another Rule, whereby we may acquire a happy Frame and Tema per of Mind, is to leave the Management of the World, where it ought to be left, in the Hands of God.
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