Well, this is me reading Joseph Addison's 1711 short story, "The Vision of Mirza", a metaphysical tale (fictional) of an Arab named "Mirza" who stumbles upon a "genius" (or guru) overlooking the hills of Baghdad. The genius shows Mirza a dream-like vision of a vast, crumbling bridge stretching across the valley below; the bridge is an allegory for earthly life, and nearly everyone on it seems to be falling off. "Was Man created in vain to suffer such a fate?" I'll let the story answer that question.

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