Thursday, June 23, 2005

not that impressive

image copyright: nellis 2005

i'm working on an exegetical/genre paper for a class.
it's on the first pericope in ecclesiastes. we will all agree
with the unnamed wise man and qohelet who come to
the conclusion that indeed: all is meaningless under the
. but here it is the inversion of "under the sun" that
acts as the popular "but God..." phrase in the rest of
the old testament. from an above the sun perspective,
all things are infused with meaning because of the
christian eschatological hope of redemption.

david bazan captures this tension between futility and
hope in this short, beautiful and at once aweful lyric:

wouldn't it be so wonderful
if everything were meaningless
but everything is so meaningful
and most everything turns to shit

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