No doubt man’s situation is pitiable, if only he would consider and see his own condition.
But if he finds distraction and believes in it, there is salvation.
Salvation not thru escape from the condition, but thru ignoring the reality.
But how to ignore, thru belief? Yes, when the belief is matured to Faith and overpowers the perception of reality!
When such a faith dawns, he has hit the threshold of his salvation.
Sustaining that faith needs greater effort. Then the daily/weekly STARCHING of the soul begins.