This is man’s uttermost wretchedness...

And this is man’s uttermost wretchedness: that he should live inert, apathetic, dull, involved only with his own base appetites. When he is thus, he has his being in the deepest ignorance and savagery, sinking lower than the brute beasts.

'Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 3

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