Ecclesiastes’ Relevance In Today’s World
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There are so many changes occurring in the world. There have always been changes. But there have also been things that remain constant. Life can be complex and simple during different periods of time. Cycles show us that we had it easy on a specific stage and times when we need to improve ourselves.
The chapter in the Bible tells us so much in such a short chapter. While life can be fast at times and slow at others, there is so much that can be learned at every stage. Having good times allow us to experience happiness, elation, and euphoria while difficult times may make us more resilient, compassionate, and empathetic. It is all part of a process that may seem difficult to understand while glancing at life, but becomes all too true when inspected.
The world’s richest individual who wrote Ecclesiastes’ wanted to give his point of view of what life was like from the height that he had reached. There are many that believe that the writer of Ecclesiastes was King Solomon who also wrote Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. There is so much to analyze in each of the chapters of this great book.
King Solomon was an individual that had everything he could imagine. He received the gift of wisdom from G-d when G-d appeared to him in a dream. While many would answer for many other physical objects or other resources, King Solomon asked for wisdom. This wisdom was enough for King Solomon. This same wisdom allowed King Solomon to amass great fortunes, conquer kingdoms, and become the most renowned individual in all the Earth at his time.
While writing Ecclesiastes, King Solomon has a different tone than when writing Proverbs or Song of Solomon. He displays a certain sense that he has seen it all at the top. While many men may want what he has, he sees it all as vanity. Not in a nihilistic sense of nothing matters in the end reminiscent of Linkin Park’s lyrics, but more of a sense of stating what he is experienced in truthfulness. It is not that nothing matters, it is that everything we strive for does not satisfy as much as we think it will satisfy.
If all the pleasures, riches, and options of the world do not matter, than what does matter? He states that what matters is that a person worship G-d and be grateful for everyday of his life. For a person to be happy eating, existing, and enjoying everything that occurs to that person. He does not say do not get wealthy or do not strive for a better life. He does not say money is evil. Simply, he states that maybe enjoying each moment is enough to be happy.
How can you enjoy the moment if there is so much going on? You just enjoy the moment. Stopping and enjoying the present. Each moment is great whether you experience an increase of salary or you fall on your butt. Each moment allows for us to better understand ourselves, our relation to everyone else, and our relation to G-d most importantly.