Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3: Don't you wish you'd been a hippie?

For many of you, this chapter will be most familiar as sung by Jim McGuinn and The Byrds, and it's one of those songs that makes one very, very sorry to have missed the late 1960s for the music.

Anyway, the song only covers the first eight verses. In the rest of the chapter, we're informed that it's impossible for a man to find out anything about god's works. You'd think this would be an opportunity for Jerry Falwell's crack team of biblical scholars to jump in against natural science, but you'd be wrong.

Try to do good things in your one shot at life. Eat, drink and be merry. Everything that happens to humans also happens to beasts, because we are no better than them. We all turn into dust. Take pleasure in your accomplishments. I wish the whole bible were like this book.

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