The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one bungler destroys much good. (Ecclesiastes 9.17-18)
‘The Preacher’ (Ecclesiastes) was not a man with rose-coloured spectacles. After long experience and critical examination he described most human activity as ‘chasing after the wind’. And that was in an age when the pace of life was much slower than in our hyperactive world. Wherever he looked, he detected Vanity Projects – ‘I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and chasing after the wind’. God, he decided, has given us life not to compete in accumulating things or power, but to enjoy and to share. Quiet words of the wise.