A Devilish ConcessionSo do you think that humans are angels
who have somehow lost their wings?
Do you believe our nature is basically pure,
and that virtue from our hearts naturally springs?
Look closer, my friend, at the movements of our minds:
see how easily we get mired and stuck in psychic slime.
Observe how readily anger, lust, or sloth
grab our hearts from time to time.
Notice how so many interactions
are fraught with deceit or with guile.
Is sanctity to be found in human hearts,
or are duplicity and cunning our only arts?