What on Earth are we here for anyway?
More than 60 times in the book, the word ‘Hevel’ is used to describe our experience of life. It is often translated ‘vanity’ but the meaning is closer to ‘smoke’ or ‘vapor’ as in ‘impermanence’. Life is ‘change’.
If Life is always impermanent and subject to change, how then should we live?
His conclusion is that most ‘things’ that people pursue are ultimately a waste of time. We do well when we:
1) Are grateful for every small and great thing we could enjoy;
2) Enjoy our work – do work that satisfies us;
3) Do good!
We could say that the return on investment on a life invested in wisdom, kindness, and deepest respect for God will be a better return on investment than a life lived in self-indulgence. No guarantees, but better odds!