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Essay on Seljishw ** * - •¦ ¦ ^ Fe&af , 1814 * lib & # o / Selfiintertst ought to tot tkerMtd xmdvndtdgcd Ms the Jaw uf out natures a * d the en $ tf Ufi . Hartxjcy .
There is a principle jwhich reigns supjeme i& tbe worst men , and ffttea wJaich even the best are not so && $ , &s they wotfM wish * I fi ^ peak of s * eJ 5 * hnes 8 , of * very gre $£ regard tp our own ease and
happiness * Not that we can be iin ^ ifere ^ t to th « 8 e objects . This js irapo&si&le , « od would be in * cossi ^ nt with our dirty . la Sfce beginning of oar lives , and under just restrictions , it is proper that
we keep our personal happiness steadtiy i& view . Self , love should be the measure <* f © ur benevoience , antf ojur beoerolence equal to our seli-IoTe . Ti $ y ongbt ^ in truth ,
ta ^ be one c < Mmpou&& feelitrg or iiabk ^ The larger part of raankind , neveFtiieiess , ane so imperfect that thfc affection for mbers , is seldom fou » d in its d-ue parity and exten t * There are iaadividuak
Hi every ctess M socrejty wiio exhibit the defbfwiity a « d tbe atrengtU of self- intejpcst in . ksgrossest shape , and A * hose highesi joys are those of fee « se and app <* titc A vast ftumter t ^ f person * at « actuated by flu « &lfi&m » e 9 S more refined ; their idols ate fcottowt ,
anibition , aplendour « rf equipage and buildings ^ taetefnlneaa of decoratKMa and such pageants of x day ; tp « clittiet aad pursuit * which iiader ths direction of an en light .
eired mind , may be allowed iu * deed seme share of our attention , yet are undeserving tbe first no * tlce of the child of immartality . Xbe self-interest which governs
othersj is of a superior character ifUtbeend ofii is their well-being in every stage of their exiateacfi f it merits , the title of rational , and is onfy blameable and dangerous when it ceases to be subordinate
to the noblest motives of iiumaa conduct . We are aot born with any nn ^» ral instincts . In that desire of
being h-appy which our Maiiex has given us we have the source of our C ^ itUjre bliss or iw oe . Hftf ^ pia ^ ss is the great end of exiUencc : it is that for which alone the c < m ~
tiauance of pur lives becoo&ies the object of our wishes * But then the bliss for which we are designed , is not the gratification of | hq moment .- * Were it nothing
higher , the in feat a ^ d the child would possess a vast superiority over tlie full grown man , and tbe bmte , t > ver all the human raee . Every thing depends upon the manner in which we indulge our constitutional desire of
wellbeing- It would be easy to show tibat gfQSs and even refined sel ~ fishnets defeats the purpose itpir © - fosses to keep in sight , and that men are least happy when their pmrstti t * do not advance tbe
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 217, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/17/