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What views does the speaker of "The Seafarer" express about earthly life and God?

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The speaker of "The Seafarer" expresses profound skepticism over the value of earthly goods. Ultimately, when it comes to what really matters—achieving salvation—they are worse than useless. He seems to speak from experience, having sailed across the globe and encountered so much of what the world has to offer. But it's not enough, and so he remains restless, realizing like the great St. Augustine that his heart will forever be restless until it finds its rest in God.

The great civilizations have fallen, says the speaker, and with them their glory. All that's left is to fight ceaselessly against the constant temptations of the devil, which manifest themselves in the desire to acquire riches and worldly goods. One still has to live in the world, of course, but it's how one does this that really matters. And the...

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