It appears to be reason, when a man talks of retiring from the world, that he should look out for himself. These do it but by halves: They design well enough for themselves when they shall be no more in it; but still they pretend to extract the fruits of that design from the world, when absent from it, by a ridiculous contradiction. The imagination of those who seek solitude upon the account of devotion, filling their hopes and courage with certainty of divine promises in the other life, is much more rationally founded.
They propose to themselves God, an infinite object in goodness and power; the soul has there wherewithal, at full liberty, to satiate her desires: afflictions and sufferings turn to their advantage, being undergone for the acquisition of eternal health and joy; death is to be wished and longed for, where it is the passage to such perfect a condition; the asperity of the rules they impose upon themselves is immediately softened by custom, and all their carnal appetites baffled and subdued, by refusing to humor and feed them, these being only supported by use and exercise.
This sole end of another happily immortal life is that which really merits that we should abandon the pleasures and conveniences of this; and he who can really and constantly inflame his soul with the ardor of this vivid faith and hope, erects for himself in solitude a more voluptuous and delicious life than any other sort of existence.
©2016 Shane C (P)2016 Shane C
This is much less intimidating than starting out with the full Essays, which are extremely long. I would definitely recommend starting off with this piece first. If you enjoy this, you'll enjoy the full Essays, if not, you'll be glad you started with a short piece. This is a great intro to Montaigne, with excellent narration.
I have no idea what this is about. I guess a little bit not much the narrator feels choppy and it's hard to follow. I'm reaching this for a college course and wow I'm not too excited about this. hahaha
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