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ourselves with clothing, while every animal receives theirs directly from nature ? We may answer this question by saying, that it is for our good. It is, on the one hand, useful to our health, and, on the other, adapted to our way of life. We may, by these means, suit our dress to the different seasons of the climate we live in, the situation and profession we have chosen. Our clothes promote insensible perspiration, so essential to the preservation of life. The necessity of obtaining them for ourselves, exercises the human mind, and has given rise to the invention of many arts; and the labour it requires furnishes subsistence for a number of persons. We have, therefore, great reason to be content with this plan of Providence: let us only take care not to frustrate the designs proposed by it. A good man ought never to glory in the outward ornaments of his body, but rather in the inward qualities of his mind. Pride assumes many different forms. It glories inwardly in the most trifling advantages. And, in regard to the outside, some show their pride under the splendour of silks, gold, and jewels, whilst others hide and nourish it under rags. The good man will equally avoid either extreme.
Comparison of Men and Animals.
In respect to the happiness resulting from sensual pleasures, animals have many advantages over us. They do not require the clothes, defence, and conveniences we want; nor are they obliged to invent, to learn, and exercise the necessary for these purposes. At their birth they bring with them every thing they want, or at least have only to follow the
instinct which is innate in them, to obtain all that can make them happy. This instinct never deceives them: it is a constany sure guides and as soon as their appetites are satisfied, they are perfectly content, they desire no more. In all these circumstances they have the advantage of man, who must reflect, invent, labour, exercise, and receive instructions, or he would remain in perpetual childhood, and could scarcely procure himself the necessaries of life. His instinct and passions are not sure guides to him. He would be wretched were he to give way to them? Reason alone, and its consequences, make the essential difference between him and the brutes; it'supplies all deficiencies; and, in other respects, gives a superiority to which they can never attain. 10By means of this faculty, he obtains every necessary convenience, and multiplies the pleasures of sense: it ennobles them, and makes them so much the more sensibly enjoyed as he can render his desires subservient no reasonsid His soul is capable of pleasures entirely unknown to animals's pleasures which spring from wisdom, science, order, religion, and I virtue, and which infinitely surpass all those of which the senses are she organs. He makes continually new discoveriesvacquiresti further ! lights, and makes boundless progress in the road to perfection and happiness whereas the beasts are always confined within their narrow dimitsizo åever invent or improve, nor ever above other animals of their species seIt is reason alone that gives us the superiority over the brate, and it is in this that the excellence of human nature mostly consistses Tomake use of our reason in order to ens noble the pleasures of sense, vand to enjoy more and more those that I are intellectual, so as to improve daily in wisdom andlvirtue, this is what distinguishess mans this is the end for which he was createdLet it then be our constant study to answer this purpose: for we can only be happy in proportion as we foto: low that which season points out bams as useful and rightekst ic ponegn 69€ yliot yuo to asoside 97 rison to listino ut solli en del sorteo ubi ol 1411 £ 10 S 15 LESSON CXLIII. -f10 16 :
LAGE 19., * so s sa Calculation of Human Life. sadyang 2101150*53*
millesse 2!. The approaching close of the year leads me to reflections, which, however important they may be, do not always oecupy me as they ought. In order to feel more sensibly how short the date of life is, I will examine now the use I have made of the past days; though I have reason to believe it will prove a subject of humiliation to me. I first recal to myself those days it was not in my power to command. How many hours then employed in mere bodily wants? How many more have passed in trifling occupations of no service to the mind? Thus, in slightly looking over the use made of these years, I discover a number of days lost to the immortal soul, which inhabits othis body of clay; and, after these deductions, what will remain which I may justly say have been employed for real use. In to god lle mae y linii obsias
Out of 865 days, it is plain that Lean scarcely reckon on fifty which I can call my own, as having promoted my eternal happiness. And the little that remains of time, how much do I lose of it by my own fault and weakness? With vsome, how many days have been sacrificed te vice cand folly S9 Perhaps many of those days granted me for reflection, haves been devoted to the world, to vanity, to idleness, and false pleasures. Perhaps they may have been proz? faned by renvy, jealousy, slander, and other vices, which betray a heart noid of respect for bur Maker, and charity to our neighbourri Even since God bar made me better and inspired me with a desire to walkı in his paths, how much time has been irrecoverably lost in thoughtlessness, indifferenée, doubts, anxietypt want of temper, and all those infirmities which are the effects of our frailty and weakness of reason.
How swiftly does the little space of time we can dispose of fly away! A year passes almost insensibly, and yet a year is of great consequence to a being whose life is reckoned by hours. When re recollect how little of it we may have spent suitably to the purposes of our creation, we might well wish to recal those hours which were ill employed : but it would be in vain. The year, with the good and bad actions which have marked it, are swallowed up for ever in eternity.
Forgive us, then, O merciful Father, the faults we have committed ; and
grant us thy grace in the hour of death, in the day of judgment, and to all eternity.