What Is A Man Profited If He Shall Gain The Whole World And Lose His Own Soul?

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Since the beginning of time and the civilization of mankind, people have always had a thirst for knowledge and power. Throughout history, humanity tried to find how and why everything came to be, why we live and die and how it all started.There are cases in which a given person would do anything in exchange for wisdom and absolute knowledge. Like the tragic doctor Faustus who, as the story says, sells his soul to the devil despite his great education in philosophy, law, physics and so on. What he ...view middle of the document...

It is too great a price to pay for such a thing.Bearing a guilty conscious and not being able to find peace and comfort is but earthly torture unbearable even by the bravest and strongest of men. As in Shajespeare's "Macbeth", the pain and uneasiness of the spirit may drive anyone mad and lead to unnatural deeds. Lured and enchanted by the thought of overwhelming power as a king and leader of a country, Macbeth, a brave general and thane, turns against his own king and friends, and even though it is his wife, lady Macbeth, a dominant and persevering woman, who kills Duncan, he also suffers from an uneasy conscious which slowly devours him from the inside, but he remains stable until the end.Even though Macbeth doesn't exactly sell his soul to the devil, still he condems it to torture. What he gains, power over Scotland for a short period of time, is also not worth a human soul.In a few words, nothing, not even magic, power, absolute knowledge and dominance over the world is a good enough reason for one to give up their humanity. Our souls are the most precious of gifts given to us as living beings and are way too precious to be exchanged for anything.


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