• Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
    A being darkly wise and rudely great...
    He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest;
    In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast;
    In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
    Born to die, and reasoning but to err.

    Alexander Pope (1867). “An Essay on Man: In Four Epistles, to H.St.John, Lord Bolingbroke”, p.18