by Dave Gustavsen

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Clue #2: Loneliness (7 of 11)
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Dave Gustavsen
Ecclesiastes 4:12-17

Good morning. A few years ago there was video of the comedian Louis CK on the Conan O'Brien show, and the video went viral. He was talking about how incredible technology has become, and yet, despite that, people still aren't satisfied-they still find things to complain about. And the famous line from the interview is, ''Everything's Amazing, And Nobody's Happy.'' Truly a funny video, that you should watch-''Everything is Amazing, and Nobody's Happy.''

And I realized last week: what a great description for Solomon's life! Everything in Solomon's life was amazing! He had a great job (king of Israel); he was respected by his own people and admired internationally; he was gifted with tremendous insight and wisdom; he had a really cool house-in fact, several; he was a hard-working guy, and he could look around and see the results of his labor-parks and orchards and vineyards and reservoirs; and he had all the women he could ever want. Everything was amazing! But he wasn't happy. And he couldn't understand why! And that's what he wrote about in the book of Ecclesiastes.

So in the first two chapters he talks about chasing after wisdom, chasing after pleasure, chasing after success-and how all those things left him empty. In fact, he repeatedly uses the phrase ''everything is meaningless''-and that word ''meaningless'' literally means ''vapor''-like your breath on a cold day, that you see for a second, but you can never grasp it. So all of his learning and all of his pleasure and all of his success gave him a quick rush, but it never lasted.

And then last week, we started this section of the book where he's observing things in the world that could possibly serve as clues to the meaning of life. So last week, we talked about the clue of injustice in the world; today we're going to see the clue of loneliness; and then after today we'll talk about the clues of g ...

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