The Eye Always Wants More

I am skipping over Psalms and Proverbs for now, as there is so much material in those passages, and I want to think on how to present them best in this blog format.  So, we move over to the Book of Ecclesiastes, one of my favorite books in the entire Bible.  Ecclesiastes was most likely written by King Solomon (see 1:1), though some scholars call this into doubt.  I have always been fascinated by this book, because if it was indeed written by David’s eldest son, then it contains the words of the wisest mortal man who ever lived.  And so, we immediately begin to note some things in the first chapter.

“All things are wearisome, more than one can say.  The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”  — Ecclesiastes 1:8-9

I mention this verse because this statement is ageless (in fact, the statement even mentions that it is itself ageless – kind of a recursive proverb).  If it were indeed true that the eye is never satisfied in ancient times, how much more is this a fact in our culture today!  Entire industries are built on the fact that the eye is forever wanting more.  Serial television cliffhangers and advertisements bet on the fact that people want to see more – to turn the TV or DVD player back on at a later time – to see more.  Can you buy a movie on disc, or see a movie in the theaters without seeing this principle in action?  The next time that you skip through the ads on DVD (if you can), or you sit patiently through them waiting for the main feature in the theater, think on this – King Solomon knew that this would happen.  He mentioned it in pre-Christ times, and the phenomenon is still going on today.  And Satan is there, waiting to pounce on this weakness.  Thus, the author’s warning.


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