“For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. … Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: Let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon (or Book of Wisdom)
When humans come to believe that they are no more than animals, physical beings that live a brief life then die, it is not surprising that they develop the attitude of having as much joy and fun as they can while they live. There is no harm in it, they think since there is no God and no afterlife. That is why it is so important for man to understand his true nature. Atheists claim that we do not need a belief in God to be moral and ethical, but studies have shown otherwise. It has been found that Atheists are ethical only when it is convenient. What’s more, is how do they know what is ethical and what isn’t? If you rely on the human brain-mind to answer that question, we are in deep trouble. The studies also found that each new generation of atheists is less moral and ethical than the previous one. After three or four generations, all ethics and morals are gone. Beast man is not something to desire.
Short and Tedious Life
Our life in the physical world is indeed short. It is often tedious as well. But while we can’t do much about making our physical life longer, we can make it less tedious. That doesn’t mean seeking out idle entertainments to keep us occupied. Those are the very things that become tedious over time. We need to find meaningful things to do, things that help us and others grow. Even if we only do that on a physical level, it is better than not doing it at all. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping people find jobs may not be as entertaining as watching movies and football games, but it is a lot more satisfying.
No Remedy for Death
It is true that there is no remedy for physical death. Yet many fools continue to seek it. They spend much time and money to find ways to add a few years to their time on Earth. Yet few do much about their eternal life in spirit. It is like a person running around collecting pennies when there are gold coins all around him being ignored. Only the spirit and soul are immortal. Only the spirit and soul will be immortal in the future. So don’t waste your limited time trying to extend the life of the body and start taking care of the spirit and soul. That doesn’t mean the body and mind should be ignored, but the priority should be the immortal spirit and soul.
Days of Wine and Ointments
There is nothing wrong with taking care of the body, within reason. But when we pamper our physical self too much, we do more harm than good. Only a few generations ago, there were diseases common among the wealthy that didn’t exist among the poor. Why? Because the wealthy pampered themselves with fine wine and foods that may have made their taste buds happy but rotted their bodies. They added to that by doing very little physical labor. That situation has improved, but not by much. I see a commercial on television regularly that advises people to not avoid the foods that make them sick, just take (an over-the-counter drug) and you will feel better. The keywords here are “fell better,” not “get better”. The drug does not cancel out the effects of junk food on the body. The smart solution is to stop eating the things that make you sick. But the big corporations that make the highly-profitable junk food don’t like that solution.
Even if you refuse to accept that there is a spiritual afterlife, and think the physical life as a beast man is all you have, doesn’t it make sense to make your body as strong and healthy as possible so you live longer with less pain? Yet few see it that way. Instead, they share memes that say, “Life is short, so eat the cake, drink the wine.” Sad.
Law by Strength
We are certainly seeing much of this in recent years. But it isn’t law by the physically strong or morally strong, but by the monetarily and politically strong. Those who have money and political power truly believe they have the right to control others. In fact, they are among the least qualified to do so. Their greed prevents them from being fair in paying workers. Their arrogance prevents them from seeing how harmful their policies are to the environment and the people. This beast man rule must end, and it will. I fear that it make take civil wars in some places to do it, but it will happen. And man will turn away from beast man and become spiritual man as he was long ago.