15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. Ecclesiastes 1:15 (NAS)
Particularly sobering is the truth that what is crooked cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted. Most people don’t know this–what you don’t know, etc,–and find out in the end how futile their attempts have been and will continue to be. Solomon probably sensed futilty, but strived after the wind anyway.
Let’s say you’re wise beyond your years and you know you can’t straighten that which is crooked. What then do you do with your shortcomings? What if life is one continuous “work around?”
Ah, therein lies the pain!
18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain. Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NAS)
There is an adage, “what I don’t know won’t hurt me.” Well Solomon knew just about everything. Be careful for what you ask for, especially if it’s wisdom! He’d seen it all and done it all, and life was left lacking. In fact, it was downright painful to know all there was under the sun. He was liKe Dr. Ben McKenna in Alfred Hitchcock’s, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
The truth hurts.