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Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, With Sir Bertrand, A Fragment

By Aikin, John

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Title: Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, With Sir Bertrand, A Fragment  
Author: Aikin, John
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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And Anna Laetitia Aikin, J. A. (n.d.). Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror, With Sir Bertrand, A Fragment. Retrieved from

THAT the exercise of our benevolent feelings, as called forth by the view of human afflictions, should be a source of pleasure, cannot appear wonderful to one who considers that relation between the moral and natural system of man, which has connected a degree of satisfaction with every action or emotion productive of the general welfare. The painful sensation immediately arising from a scene of misery, is so much softened and alleviated by the reflex sense of self-approbation on attending virtuous sympathy, that we find, on the whole, a very exquisite and refined pleasure remaining, which makes us desirous of again being witnesses to such scenes, instead of flying from them with disgust and horror. It is obvious how greatly such a provision must conduce to the ends of mutual support and assistance. But the apparent delight with which we dwell upon objects of pure terror, where our moral feelings are not in the least concerned, and no passion seems to be excited but the depressing one of fear, is a paradox of the heart, much more difficult of solution.

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