Much Wisdom; Much Vexation
Verse: Ecclesiastes 1:12–1:18
The more we understand, the more we ache. More knowledge brings more awareness of our limitations, more awareness of the fact that we cannot change the human condition, more confirmation that there is no security here, more recognition that we cannot perfect a thing on this earth, we can’t answer the big questions, we can’t stop the suffering. Knowledge of literature, knowledge of history, knowledge of politics, knowledge of economics is vexation and grief—when looked to as a solution or an answer, when trusted to give meaning and significance to life. It all comes up empty.
Human reason and wisdom and knowledge alone cannot lay hold of the meaning of things. Human wisdom, even a wisdom as vast as Solomon’s, cannot comprehend meaning in this life. It cannot come to a satisfying explanation for the way things are in our own lives, let alone the rest of the world.