the fast changing
In the midst of this fast-changing world, the desperate
pursuit of the basic necessities for survival have the
ironic effect of sometimes helping us forget the
inevitability of days. But even if we can make ourselves
forget about the past, if only for a little while, what
kind of life do we experience in this world?..
Life is a constant struggle - making ends meet,
supporting a family, supporting oneself. Other than
brief moments of rest and even briefer interludes of
happiness, man's life is filled with labor, toil, day in
and day out, year in and year out, until the day...
We see good people dying young by accidents or illness
while cruel people always have a great time. Some men
have very great wealth and honor, so that they can have
everything they want, but most do not have the health to
enjoy it, and they die and others get it all. Isn't it
absurd, a hollow mockery, and a serious fault?..
Even if a man has a hundred sons and as many daughters
and lives to be very old, but leaves so little money at
his death that his children can't give him a decent
burial - I say that he would be better off born dead.
For though his birth would then be futile and end in
darkness, without even a NAME... never seeing the sun or
even knowing its existence, yet that is better than to
be old, an unhappy man.
Though a man lives a thousand years twice over, but
doesn't find contentment - well, what's the use? No
matter how long or materially prosperous a person's life
may be in this world, it all amounts to nothing without
true contentment. Without true peace, the person's
entire existence is considered less valuable than that
of a still born baby.
Why is human existence so miserable and the prospects
for the future so somber...?
(Excerpts from a letter written to one of my most
beloved friend - January 2001. Inspired by the
scriptures from the Holy Book of Ecclesiates)