Everything is Meaningless?

Discussion in 'The Whiners' started by SunFree, May 13, 2004.

  1. SunFree

    SunFree Member

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    This is the first chapter of Ecclesiastes -which is most famous for the chapter made into "Turn, Turn, Turn," - but the entire book is very intriguing. It's generally a more philosophical approach in the writing than the rest of the bible; (it's unknown who the writer is, he's only referred to as "the teacher"). Everytime I read it I get something different out of it, find a different meaning. I thought you guys might have some interesting ideas about it's beginning:

    Everything Is Meaningless

    The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

    "Meaningless! Meaningless!"
    says the Teacher.
    "Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless."

    What does man gain from all his labor
    at which he toils under the sun?
    Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
    The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
    The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
    round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
    All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
    To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.
    All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
    The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
    What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
    Is there anything of which one can say,
    "Look! This is something new"?
    It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
    There is no remembrance of men of old,
    and even those who are yet to come
    will not be remembered
    by those who follow.
  2. VanAstral

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    i think the teacher is the old man playing the guitar,
    why does anything need a meaning? i don't care if the wine bottle has meaning, i care if there's wine in the bottle. just let it be. words vs. emotions. cheers up, guitar man... play some Jimi.
  3. Fractual_

    Fractual_ cosmos factory

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    o dontcha kno
  4. sitareric

    sitareric Banned

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    man it IS all about the guy playing the guitar, the music, in our souls:) its timeless and needs no meaning, because it is in itself.
  5. Fractual_

    Fractual_ cosmos factory

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    i think everyone will agree when i say

  6. Jana

    Jana Member

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    Well,If something isn't new,that doesn't mean that it is meaningless.Maybe we just can't see the meaning of it,so people repeat it over and over again,with hope that one day we will be able to understend it.Or mabye it realy is meaningless,which I find hard to belive.

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