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Coster: Dirck Jansz. Coster. Dutch playwright and author, i.a. of the following somewhat melancholic but accurate diagnosis:
 

Ach, waren alle mensen wijs
En deden daarbij wel
Dan was de aarde een paradijs
Nu is zij vaak een hel.

 

O, if only all men were wise
And
also acted well
Then the earth would be a paradise
Now it often is a hell
.

Dirck Jansz Coster, 1618





 


See also: Ethics, Human nature, Morals, Ordinary men


Literature:

Edwards, Gibbon, Shakespeare, Thucydides

 Original: Sep 9, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top