As I get older and get the opportunity to hang out with “old people,” I am beginning to see Solomon’s wisdom more clearly.
Life is so frustrating and pointless. There is nothing but bad news and any attempt to “fix” the bad news just leaves you feeling that not much really happened.
We can pretend life is happy. We can pursue happiness. But we still know. You can be self-actualized out the whazoo and you still know, deep down, you know.
Enjoying your youth is what Solomon said to do. Which means there is no solution for those who have lost their youth!
In my youth I used to work late hours cleaning places and the radio was always on. I know a lot of songs that come to mind on this issue.
Two I’d like to point out. The first is by an obscure group, The Crash Test Dummies, who were “popular” back in the early 90’s, from their song “Afternoons and Coffeespoons”
What is it that makes me just a little bit queasy?
There’s a breeze that makes my breathing not so easy
I’ve had my lungs checked out with X rays
I’ve smelled the hospital hallways
Someday I’ll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I’ll wear pyjamas in the daytime
We’re all destined for the hospital and the “life of old people.” It’s depressing. Which is why John Mellencamp sang a little ditty about Jack and Diane.
Oh yeah, life goes on
Long after the thrill of living is gone.
Song lyrics have always known what Solomon says. Pink Floyd nailed it best in their album, The Wall. The thing is that Solomon never really gave an answer. He just said that life kind of stinks and then you die.
I don’t see much else in Scripture that paints a different picture. Romans 8 says it’s all groaning and suffering here. The only relief is that there’s another life coming that will be better.
My advice: give up trying to be happy, it won’t work. Life stinks. Which is why we set our minds on things above. Another song lyric sums it up well,
Since I gave up hope,
I feel a lot better.