Ecclesiastes 2 — Pleasure, Acheivement, Wisdom, and Tom Brady
The writer of Ecclesiastes obviously lived quite a life. He achieved much, amassed wisdom and wealth, and was capable of endless pleasure, able to fulfill any of his own desires.
“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work…Yet…everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;” 2:10–11
He was also incredibly wise, understanding the very nature of things. How man interacts with one another, and with God. How we live in relation to eternity, he had an accurate perspective of the overall nature of the universe. And the ‘knowing’ was meaningless, because
“The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” 2:15
So he progressed to hating life, because of the tension he feels in the meaningless of all he is personally capable of. Basically, he has realized that the great void in his heart is not filled by seeking personal gain.
Kind of like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HeLYQaZQW0
If my highest goal is myself, I will always be empty. All I can gain is meaningless, when put in comparison to sacrificially pursuing God’s purposes. I am here for His glory, not the other way around.