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agreeable to the highest Goodness to create those which are least perfect, if they be no hindrance to the Number or Convenience of the more perfect ones. ..
130 6 This confirm’d by an Instance of Matter, which
is no Impediment to pure Spirits, : 132 7 'Tis less agreeable to the Divine Goodness to
have omit:ed, than to have created these more imperfect Beings.
CHA P. IV.
9.1 A Creature cannot complain of its Fate tho' it be less perfećt then others.
145 2 The Origin of things from Matter is the Source
of Natural Evils, as their Rise from nothing
is the Cause of those of Imperfection. 146 3 Matter is useless except it have Motion. 147 Such Motion was to be rais'd in Matter as might separate it into Parts. Hence the Ge
neration and Corruption of Bodies. 148 5 Motion under certain Laws, tends möte to the
Preservation of things than if it were left at random; hence God has distributed Bodies into various Systems.
150 6 It appears from Light and other Phänomena,
that the Systems of the Universe are very good and beautiful.
152 7. "Tis
jy 'Tis rash to affirm that Matter might be distri
buted into berter Systems, since we do not throughly understand the present. 153
CHA P. IV. SECT. II.
Concerning Animals and the Variety of them.
1.1 Matter does not seem to be made for its own
sake, since it is not self conscious; 'tis there.
fore design’d for the use of Animals. 154 2 'Tis probable that Animals vary according to
to the Variety of those Regions which they are destin’d to inhabit. Therefore the Æther and Air, in all probability, have their proper
Inhabitants as well as the Earth. 155 3 The Earth, as being the least part of the Muni
dane System, is not to be chiefly regarded, but yet is not made to no Purpose, or without Design.
159 * The Earth may be conceiv'd as a Wheel in
this great Automaton of the World, without which its Motion would be defective: in the interim ic affords an habitation and food for Animals.
160 $ The Earth is made not for Man alone but for
the Universe : to think otherwise favours of humán Pride.
CH A P.
CH A P. IV. S E C T. III.
Of Death. 1. 1 'Tis probable that the Solidity of our Bodies is
the Cause why we cannot move them whither we please.
166 2 A Soul united to a Portion of Æthereal Mat.
ter, &c. can move it whither it will, and pre. serve its Union; such a Body therefore is immortal
ibid. The Body of a terrestrial Animal is a kind of Vestel which may be broken, the humours may flow out, and the circular Motion cease,
such Animals then are naturally mortal. 167 4 This Hypothesis reconcil'd with sacred History concerning the Mortality of the first Man,
CHA P. IV. SECT. IV.
Of the Pasions. 9.1 Our Souls require Bodies of a peculiar Crasis,
when that is disorder'd the Operations of the
Soul are either hinderd or destroy'd. 171 2 The Soul and Body admit of a mutual Sympa.
thy: hence it is the first care of the Soul to .. keep the Body free from harm.
172 3 The Sense of Pain is necessary to preserve Life, as also the dread of Death.
ibid. 4. The rest of the Passions are connected these.
Š The Passions could not be avoided otherwise
than by ordering that the Soul should not be
2 Choice must be had in Food, since all things
5 Some Animals are made for Food to others, and
Nourishment and Reception for Men, what.
ever Situation they may be placed in. 185 7 of Earthquakes, Lightning, and Deluges.: 188 $ The number of Animals to be fed, was to be
proporcioned to the Food, not the Food to the Animals.
190 9 The hundredth part of Mankind which might
live upon the Earth does not yet inhabit it: vain therefore is the Complaint about Seas and Defarts.
192 10 'Tis absurd for any one to desire a different Sta
tion from that which is allotted him, since
he was made to fill that Place, and would o; therwise have had none at all.
ave naa none at all.
CH A P. IV. SECT. VI. Concerning Propagation of the Species, Childhood, and
Old-Age. 4. i Animals may be repair’d three Ways : ist. If
Death were prevented by Omnipotence. 2dly.
By Creation. 3dly. By Propagation. 195 2 This 3d Method is the best, because it may be
effected without doing Violence to the Laws of Nature. ..
ibid. 3 The Divine Wisdom and Goodness admirable in the Contrivance of it.
196 4 Why Men are tormented with the continual
dread of Death, while the Brutes are not at
all concern'd about it. 5 This is a sign that the present Life is a Frelude to a better.