Of what use is it to be on the point
of coming to great wisdom through suttering,
And then to dull your vision,
and lose the wisdom
by easing your suffering
through some anaestintic,
whether it be alcohol, or Christian Science?
You who do this sell all that you have,
And then fail to buy the pearl.
You who do this have left the cave of ignorance
and the haunts of bats and sightless fish,
Only to bandage your eyes
Against the light of heaven,
and the one great star in the East!