Ecclesiastes

3. Chasing the Wind

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The Philosopher and Chorus
Ecclesiastes ch1 vv2-9,17

Life is useless, all useless.
You spend your life working, labouring, and what do you have to show for it?
Generations come and generations go, but the world stays just the same.
The sun still rises, and it still goes down, going wearily back to where it must start all over again.
The wind blows east, the wind blows west - hot and cold, dry and wet.
The wind blows south, the wind blows north - round and round and back again.
Every river flows into the sea, but the sea is not yet full.
The water returns to where the rivers began, and starts all over again.
Everything leads to weariness - a weariness too great for words.
Our eyes can never see enough to be satisfied; our ears can never hear enough.
The wind blows east, ...
What has happened before will happen again.
What has been done before will be done again.
There is nothing new in the whole world.
I was determined to learn the difference between knowledge and foolishness, wisdom and madness.
But I found out that I might as well be chasing the wind.
The wind blows east, ...