” What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”-The Teacher¹
Is there really nothing new under the sun? Compared to life about 3000 years ago when the quote was given, a quick glance would say we have a lot different. The knowledge accumulated in science which has resulted in changes in transportation, communication, entertainment and medicine are vastly different.
But remember even back then they had their technology advances, too. Stone tools were followed by copper then bronze and iron. Animal skins were followed by textiles from wool and flax. Communication advanced from oral messengers to picture writing and then phonetic alphabets. So I am not so sure the issue the Teacher was address was technology.
“This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes.”-The Teacher²
The changes in technology while changing the externals of how we live, have done nothing to the “many schemes” we all search after in trying to make life work as we see fit. Technology just makes our schemes more available and quicker to access. A few of my schemes have included different addictions (which I find as basically trying to alter my already false reality), isolation, attempted power over others, achievement, intelligence, self-sufficiency and ignoring my emotions. Since these and other schemes arise out of human, it appears the The Teacher is pointing out the schemes have all been tried before and will be tried again and again. This despite the schemes not working out well in mine or others lives.
But we did start out OK. We did start out upright. That is a good old beginning to remember. The beginning was a gift. The only response desired was gratitude.
To change my first post; And So It Begins, to find what I already was and what was always there all along.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot — “Little Gidding” (the last of his Four Quartets)
1 Ecclesiastes 1:9
2 Ecclesiastes 7:29