Jun 022020

There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. (Ecclesiastes 2:24a)

Qoheleth has tried everything to find meaning and purpose in this world, to find the good life for himself and his community, but he has failed time and time again. Everything that he grabs for is unsatisfying, unfulfilling, ephemeral – until now. In a world where people’s priorities are misplaced and every quest for something real comes up empty, Qoheleth figures out that true meaning and purpose is to be found in the simple pleasures of eating and drinking together; he discovers that the good life is to be found in enjoying our work with one another. Qoheleth directs us away from the life of vanity that will never satisfy (because it lacks depth and substance), toward the life of simplicity and togetherness. Eating together, drinking together, enjoying work together, living together – this is the good life; this is the real life – rc

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