Pursuit of Meaning (3 of 40) by Stephen Whitney

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Pursuit of Meaning (3 of 40)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

The 1939 epic film Gone With The Wind, based on Margaret Mitchell's novel, tells a story of the Civil War and its aftermath from a white Southern viewpoint stared Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard. Today, the film is considered one of the greatest and most popular films of all time and one of the most enduring symbols of the golden age of Hollywood.

The film opens on a large cotton plantation called Tara in rural Georgia in 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War with these lines: "There was a land of Cavaliers (armed horsemen) and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow . . . Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a civilization gone with the wind."

Not only does a way of life on the Plantations with slave labor disappear but also the dreams that drive the main characters.
Throughout the Civil War, Scarlett O'Hara is preoccupied with
her love for Ashley Wilks. But by the end, she is disillusioned.
Scarlett realize that she never could have meant anything to him, and that she had loved something that never really existed.

1. Fulfillment in life is not found in a certain kind of lifestyle
by which all of our desires are fulfilled by material possessions.
Those things can quickly be taken away from us by some kind
of disaster which we don't control.

2. Fulfillment in life is not ultimately found even in personal relationships which change over time and through circumstances.
Those relationships can give us happiness for a period of time,
but they cannot give us lasting contentment and meaning.

Solomon understood the futility of seeking satisfaction in things or in people. Even though he accumulated great wealth and came to understand many things about the world he was not satisfied.

Only God can give our life meaning, purpose and significanc ...


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