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“In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”
In context, there's no solace in Ecclesiates (possibly written by Solomon as a biography of Koheleth), which is a warning against gaining knowledge, and that it leads to a meaningless life. Offering the shallow advice: "A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry," and that, "much study is a weariness of the flesh."
Getting everyone to stop fighting over religion is a tall order indeed. That is something most people like to bicker about. Most are quick to say `My god is better than your god` and be willing to argue for day on end to prove it.
Yet, if everyone could actually pull this off it would be great. Fresh start for a lot of people in fact. I am all for it.
Not to engender any actual religious debate, I'd say that what you are talking about can be ascribed to an often-unseeming relationship between religion and politics.
What we do have is a good deal of fighting between the anti-christians and the christians. Most of the "religious" fighting falls under that heading. 98%.
And about 80% of it has to do with anti-christians posting misrepresentations in order to demean and make a stock of any number of christian positions. Don't see many christian trolls at all. Threads having to do with Christianity are 10 to 1 antichristian. That's my take on the issue.
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Dude, nothing is full of more false piety this time of year than the gift giving ritual. I can perfectly see where someone anyone could be repulsed by the seasonal consumerism/materialism. Deny ignorance!
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...fellowship, good cheer (and really good wine).
But at the end of it all, we are all there for the food. Good food, good wine....especially this year. Really good wine.