Author's Note. This is from a Christian point of view. It is also not "nice". It is most likely true, but it is not nice. Here's the warning.
The Wretched Condition of Man
The Wretched Condition of Man
O man, how wretched is thy condition.
For thou art born in vanity and darkness, yet
perceive it not.
O how heavy should thine heart be
Should not thine tears fill the whole world?
For all, all thou art born in darkness and do
not know the Light.
O, for we have forsaken the Light, hath
killed its being, and stopped the step of its
Yea, for the Light hath tried to lend its
life to men.
But thou, O wretched man, hath blown out that
Light with a mighty and forceful wind.
Indeed, O man-thou knowest what thou hast
done, yet thou claimest ignorance.
Surely thou hast seen the Light, and yet your
lips move, saying "What light is this? We know no
light. It is nothing but myth and fables."
O man, thou knoweth, thou knoweth well, and
even thy heart convicteth you.
But thou, O man, thou art a fool.
Thou thinkest if you say enough "I know not, I
know not" the Master of Truth shall believe thy foul
It is not so.
And even in His mercy that Truth shall uproot
thy lies so that not even thou art deceived by thine
That is, for a little while He shall help thee.
Then that Truth shall give thee up to thine damned
lies and treachery.
And then, O foolish and wretched man, thou shalt die.
Thou shalt perish utterly for thy foolishness, and
thy darkness, and thy vanity.
But, O man, do thou from thy foolishness comprehend
the grief of this matter?
No, I say, thou shalt not, for thine eyes are
blinded, thine heart is hardened, and thine ears are
forever stopped up.
The grief is that every man begins as such.
No, not one escapeth the curse of man.
One did, but truthfully, He was not only man, but
But the Truth and the Light reacheth out and toucheth
Yea, the Light is Love and He is merciful to man,
most wretched of all Creation.
For he was nearly the highest, and lo, the depths he
Surely the Light reacheth out to touch man.
And few, few respond-but blessed are they
But, O wretched man, thou hath loved thy darkness
above Light, thy lies above Truth, and thy
wretchedness above Love.
So cursed be thou for thy foolery! Wilt thou not
arise from thy vile condition? Wilt not thou shed
thy vanity? Wilt thou not embrace the Truth rather
than lies and Light before the darkness?
No, I say, thou shalt not.
Thou willingly walketh into damnation, holding thy
head up with pride.
For thou art a fool, O man, a fool who will not learn
For thou, the fool, hath learned the price of wisdom.
Thou knoweth that with wisdom thou shalt also buy
And to have wisdom and understanding thou will then
cast out the lies, cast out the darkness, and cast
out thy wretched condition.
For this knowledge, O man who is a fool, thou hath
It hath been written upon thine heart.
So, O man, thou feareth wisdom, thou feareth what
understanding shall say unto you.
Because thou hast been a fool and dead for so long,
thou shrinketh from wisdom and from Life.
So this, O man is thy wretchedness.
This is thy foolishness.
This is thy vanity and thy darkness.
This is thy curse, O man, for thou would rather be
cursed than blessed.
We are wretched indeed for that we could step out of
our wretchedness and yet we do not.