Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself.
The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith; and when the ordinary man calls himself a sceptic or an unbeliever, that is ordinarily a simple pose, cloaking a disinclination to think anything out to a conclusion.
I have the strongest disinclination, as I believe every other Judge has, that any case should be decided otherwise than upon its merits.
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