posted on Mar, 3 2020 @ 06:59 PM
a reply to: On the level
I think that you shouldn't panic yourself, much as other members here have expressed. Although some have done it in a heavy-handed way. Some people
just don't know how to communicate, others don't care much about anyone aside for themselves. Others may just want attention.
On the other hand it is good to recognize our own mortality. It reminds me of the proverb:
"Better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting, for that is the end of every man, and the living should take it to
It is good to go to the house of mourning. To see those who have died face to face. Because then the reality of our own mortality sinks in. Those who
are too busy partying and being jokesters about everything don't take the time to meditate on the frailty of life, how fleeting it is. They don't
realize that our time passes by too fast, and then we are no more.
The wise man contemplates these things. Then when realizing he is helpless against the hands of time, of age, of disease, helpless against death, and
that this is the inevitability of all men, searches for God.
In fact the congregator said that there is no advantage of the wise over the fool, the rich over the poor, the strong over the weak. There is no
advantage of a human over an animal. Because all of us alike are marching to the same place. The grave. And thus, there is no superiority of one over
the other, even man over beast in this regard.
"I also said in my heart about the sons of men that the true God will test them and show them that they are like animals, for there is an
outcome for humans and an outcome for animals; they all have the same outcome. As the one dies, so the other dies; and they all have but one spirit.
So man has no superiority over animals, for everything is futile. All are going to the same place. They all come from the dust, and they all are
returning to the dust."
A person who contemplates their own mortality, their own helplessness against death and who is wise can seek wisdom into how to persevere oneself
alive even if they die. And thus the congregator in his vast wisdom, after having observed all things, and having greater wisdom than all men, and
greater riches than everyone living, and pleasing himself with anything he desired in life. After it all he concluded this:
"“The greatest futility!” says the congregator. “Everything is futile.”
Not only had the congregator become wise but he continually taught the people what he knew, and he pondered and made a thorough search in order to
compile many proverbs. The congregator sought to find delightful words and to record accurate words of truth.
The words of the wise are like oxgoads, and their collected sayings are like firmly embedded nails; they have been given from one shepherd. As for
anything besides these, my son, be warned: To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.
The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of
man. For the true God will judge every deed, including every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad."
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