The habits of intercourse, on the basis of equal privileges, to which we have been accustomed since the earliest settlement of the country, would give a keener edge to those causes of discontent than they would naturally have independent of this circumstance.
If even the rule adopted should in practice justify the equality of its principle, still delinquencies in payments on the part of some of the States would result from a diversity of other causes -- the real deficiency of resources; the mismanagement of their finances; accidental disorders in the management of the government; and, in addition to the rest, the reluctance with which men commonly part with money for purposes that have outlived the exigencies which produced them, and interfere with the supply of immediate wants.
The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; and we see them everywhere brought into different degrees of activity, according to the different circumstances of civil society.
The inference to which we are brought is, that the CAUSES of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its EFFECTS.
It is part of the martyrdom which I endure for the cause
of the Truth that there are seasons of mental weakness, when Cubes and Spheres flit away into the background of scarce-possible existences; when the Land of Three Dimensions seems almost as visionary as the Land of One or None; nay, when even this hard wall that bars me from my freedom, these very tablets on which I am writing, and all the substantial realities of Flatland itself, appear no better than the offspring of a diseased imagination, or the baseless fabric of a dream.
This follows also on another natural and common necessity, which always causes
a new prince to burden those who have submitted to him with his soldiery and with infinite other hardships which he must put upon his new acquisition.
The receiver in the cause
has acquired a goodly sum of money by it but has acquired too a distrust of his own mother and a contempt for his own kind.
And so there was no one cause for that occurrence, but it had to occur because it had to.
The historians tell us with naive assurance that its causes were the wrongs inflicted on the Duke of Oldenburg, the nonobservance of the Continental System, the ambition of Napoleon, the firmness of Alexander, the mistakes of the diplomatists, and so on.
As natural selection acts by life and death,--by the preservation of individuals with any favourable variation, and by the destruction of those with any unfavourable deviation of structure,--I have sometimes felt much difficulty in understanding the origin of simple parts, of which the importance does not seem sufficient to cause
the preservation of successively varying individuals.
As we are very far from believing in any such heathen goddess, or from encouraging any superstition, so we wish Mr John Fr , or some other such philosopher, would bestir himself a little, in order to find out the real cause
of this sudden transition from good to bad fortune, which hath been so often remarked, and of which we shall proceed to give an instance; for it is our province to relate facts, and we shall leave causes
to persons of much higher genius.
Certain sensations and other mental occurrences have a property which we call discomfort; these cause
such bodily movements as are likely to lead to their cessation.
And the heroism of the Servians and Montenegrins struggling for a great cause
begot in the whole people a longing to help their brothers not in word but in deed.
At present I mean only to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquillity, as well as against dangers from FOREIGN ARMS AND INFLUENCE, as from dangers of the LIKE KIND arising from domestic causes
When I say of whom, I mean whether they shall be the whole people, or some particulars; by for what causes
I mean, how many different courts shall be appointed; by how, whether they shall be elected by vote or lot.