It's going on the wish list anyway.
I ask again, why aren't we all living like this?
"What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it". (Ecclesiastes 3: 9-14)and:
"There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun". (Ecclesiastes 8: 14-15)It's a proto-socialist, proto-nihilist, proto-situationist tract, several thousand years out of time. Perhaps it's just a matter of taste, but I'm more inclined to believe that it's words like this that have the right to claim "divine inspiration" than, for example, whoever wrote that a man possessed by "the spirit of the LORD" once allowed his own daughter to "roam and weep" in the wilderness for two months before keeping his promise to murder her as a "sacrifice" her to that very same Lord (Judges 11:29-39).
|You don't know what you're missing.|
A collective adventure in generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance.Words to live by, methinks. Isn't that exactly what life should be? Raoul Vaneigem asked:
"What do I want? Not a succession of moments, but one huge instant. A totality that is lived, without the experience of 'time passing'".And, last but never least, Wittgenstein:
"If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present" (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.4311)
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