Saturday, October 28, 2017
Ecclesiastes: The illusion of vanity and the reality of love (XXII)
“Wisdom is goodness with a heritage, and it is a profit to those who see the sun. For whoever is in the shade of wisdom is in the shade of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to its possessor.” (Ecclesiastes 7:11-12)
We really become wise when we embrace goodness as the reason and purpose of life, and also knowing that the ethical principle in goodness is its heritage and profit. In the ways and attributes of goodness is our richness in this world, for goodness is the light as we see it in the sun that sustains life.
Thus we understand that the “shade of money” is what protects our material sustenance, as a reflection of the goodness that provides for all our needs. Also, that our wisdom is shaped and defined by goodness, for there is no wisdom without goodness.
“See God’s work, for who can straighten out what He made crooked? On a day of good, be among the good, and on a day of adversity, ponder. God has made one corresponding to the other, to the end that man will find nothing after Him.” (7:13-14)
The wise king refers us to goodness as God’s work with which He rules His creation and points out to evil for us to choose goodness. In this sense, evil can’t be straightened because it was created for us to boldly contrast goodness against it.
“Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both evils and goods go forth?” (Lamentations 3:38)
In goodness we must choose to be goodness, and in evil we must choose to what we belong. Thus we understand that they oppose (“corresponding”) each other for us to realize that our consciousness is limited to this in order to exercise our free will.
“I have seen everything in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in his wickedness. Be not overly righteous, and be not overly wise. Why should you bring desolation upon yourself? Be not overly wicked, and be not a fool. Why should you die before your time?”
Vanity is still the playground of living according to convenience regardless the duties of righteousness and justice. This is the predicament of living in ego’s fantasies and illusions.
The first verse may invite to nihilism and shamelessness by suggesting that we are prone to die by living in and for goodness, or prone to embrace wickedness in order to secure a long life.
This does not mean to choose wickedness as the easy way to live but to find balance in order not fall into the “gray” areas between good and evil. Although this may be hinted, clear distinctions remain when we compare black and white.
The veiled message in these verses is to be aware of the differences, the qualities and traits of good and evil with their ways and means. In this awareness we acquire the necessary wisdom to properly and successfully approach life as a learning process aimed to make goodness prevail.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.