Dust in the Wind: Episode 258

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In the famous song by Kansas, we hear “All we are is dust in the wind” and “Everything is dust in the wind.”

The lyrics are evocative of Solomon’s words in the book of Ecclesiastes:

“All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.”

Solomon reminds us many times in the book that everything, even the pursuit of wisdom, is meaningless - “chasing after the wind”. The only concessions are that one may find solace in good company, to eat, drink and find satisfaction in one’s work.

When most come to terms with these lessons, they are disheartened. If everything is meaningless, why continue?

The answer is one that is very liberating, and very simple. We can decide what meaning we give things, what is meaningful to us, and what is our purpose.

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