Unformatted text preview: they have done; the other would have them cease to exist.
It is plain from all this that we can prove people to be friends or enemies; if they are not, we
can make them out to be so; if they claim to be so, we can refute their claim; and if it is
disputed whether an action was due to anger or to hatred, we can attribute it to whichever of
these we prefer.
To turn next to Fear, what follows will show things and persons of which, and the states of
mind in which, we feel afraid. Fear may be defined as a pain or disturbance due to a mental
picture of some destructive or painful evil in the future. Of destructive or painful evils only;
for there are some evils, e.g. wickedness or stupidity, the prospect of which does not
frighten us: I mean only such as amount to great pains or losses. And even these only if they
appear not remote but so near as to be imminent: we do not fear things that are a very long
way off: for instance, we all know we shall die, but we are not troubled thereby, because
death is not close at hand. From this definition it will follow that fear is caused by whatever
we feel has great power of destroying o...
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- Spring '14
- Internet Classics Archive