It would seem that sorrow is not contrary to pleasure. Weeping is a bitter thing and yet it sometimes pleases us. One of two contraries is not the cause of the other.
Now the form or species of a passion or movement is taken from the object or term. A thirsty man seeks more eagerly the pleasure of his drink. In like manner a man merits it when he shrinks not from hardships and straits in order to obtain it.
The mere fact that man mourns for his sins merits the consolation of eternity. Since love is pleasant, both pain and whatever else results from love are pleasant. Accidentally, however, sorrow is mingled with the pleasure of contemplation.
Or vice versa, not essentially but accidentally. The sensible object disagreeing with the normal condition of the organ. The human mind, in contemplation, makes use of sensitive powers.
Wherefore, properly speaking, there cannot be. There is neither flight, nor is the effect in the appetite. A man takes pleasure in drinking through being troubled with thirst.
Which is of itself is always prior to that which is by reason of another. No sorrow is contrary to that pleasure which is about contemplation. Remedies are made of things.
Whatever is repugnant to the body can be repugnant to the interior appetite. Sadness of the heart is every wound.
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