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In Much Wisdom Is Much Grief
Dear Brother Ron
I would like your opinion on Ecclesiastes 1:18-"For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow."
What does this mean to you? Is it true? When is it and when isn't it? Can you give any good examples from personal experience or your own imagination? Please feel free to include your religious belief. However, this is mostly a human to human spiritual question.
The more a person learns, the more he realizes how much there is yet to learn. An ignorant person is happy because he thinks he knows all he needs to know. He is secure in his limited understanding and does not seek further understanding which might cause him to doubt his preconceptions and shake him out of his comfort zone.
The true seeker of wisdom is never satisfied because the more he knows, the more he wants to know. As his knowledge increases, he becomes more aware of the depths of his ignorance and tries harder to overcome it. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to despair because the wise man eventually realizes he will never gain a full understanding of the grandeur of our Father.
In addition, the more knowledge he has, the more envy it draws upon him from others who set themselves to oppose him and detract from his character. Those with limited under- standing love to attack those who have attained greater wisdom and show their peers that the person who aspired to understanding "wasn't so smart after all".
Hope this helps.