“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun” (Eccl 2:11). King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, but he had only 24 hours in a day like George Bush with one wife. The British Monarch in Windsor Castle (biggest house with 1000 rooms) can only sleep in one bedroom and on one bed. Napoleon Bonaparte was buried in one coffin and one grave. Despite his bravery he still died. Each of us has only one coffin and a grave. Dean Butler: founder of LensCrafter could craft lenses for people but could not craft a happy home. His divorce with wife Brenda got so ugly that he was arrested. Too much is not too happy.
JFK Jr. could not fly with everyone but still piloted himself, wife and sister in law to watery graves of the Atlantic Ocean. Sigmund Freud gave himself to too much cocaine that the byproducts were unconscious theories. Elizabeth Taylor despite her beauty is looking for husband number 9 because money and beauty do not guarantee a happy marriage. Your dream to gain the world and be happy is Utopia; it will never happen. Even if the world was your footstool and the sky the dust of your street, you have not still guaranteed a saved soul.
“Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? Yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity” (Eccl 2:18-19). Warren Buffet may have a thousand cups, but he can only drink with one at a time. Lacoste can manufacture millions of shoes, but he can only wear one pair at a time. James beard though could cook well, but he had only one mouth. Ford could only drive in one car at a time.
I see the vanity that escapes humanity; the rich dies of heart attack like the poor. Both the privileged and the underprivileged go to the restroom. The beauty queen and the ordinary girl all have menstrual cycles. That is the vanity of life. Now think about it; why do you think you must acquire the whole world, even if you lose your soul? Do you know where you will spend eternity if the world was to end today?
Until then; vanity of vanity; all is vanity!
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk