The main idea of following paragraph?when we are formed by nature to any active purpose,the passion which animates us to it , is attended with delight,or a pleasure of some kind ,let the subject...

The main idea of following paragraph?

when we are formed by nature to any active purpose,the passion which animates us to it , is attended with delight,or a pleasure of some kind ,let the subject matter be what it will; and as our creator has designed we shoild be united by the the bond of sympathy,he has strengthened that bond by a proportionable delight; and there most where our sympathy is most wanted in the distress of others.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main idea of this quote is to provide an idea of what consciousness should be.  Coming from Edmund Burke, there are two distinct elements present within it:  Philosophy and faith in God.  Burke found both to be at the center of his belief system.  On one hand, he stressed the idea of individual refinement through intellect and knowledge.  This can be seen in the affirmation of individual free will and understanding ("any active purpose" and the notion of "animation" are indicative of this.)  At the same time, Burke believes in a fundamental notion of gearing this use of freedom towards some type of responsibility existed with the educated and the rich to help others, which is the "sympathy" expressed towards the end of the quote.  In Burke and the statement, we see the belief in individual freedom, but the pleading to guide it towards assisting others or listening to the cries of others' suffering.

fw3girls | Student

The main ide of the paragraph is that we are formed by our creator to have many purposes. Our reactions to the actions that we pursue tend to "name" us. We are directed to have sympathy for the distress of others, an action that unites us all.

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