In this current age of social media, it is very easy to take ourselves a little too seriously.
Perhaps, this is attributed to the instant responses that we get when we post a selfie or boast about an accomplishment. Those likes, shares and comments can give us a hollow and plastic sense of self importance.
This thinking has manifested itself in an entire digital generation, where we think we are smarter than those who came before us, as we seem to break new ground in each passing year when it comes to technology, whether it Is a smarter phone, or more efficient car.
This is a fallacy that Solomon checks today as he winds down his soliloquy on the everything being vain and pointless
Ecc 1:9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecc 1:10 Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.
Ecc 1:11 There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.
Solomon’s reminder there is that the things that we think are so slick in our generation, have actually already been done before.
Social media is basically digital graffiti, and graffiti or scrawling public messages which have existed all the way back since the beginning of the written word.
Our technological age has also been arrogantly boastful of things like Air travel, but God’s creation; (Birds) had that figured out long before we ever came anywhere close to flying!
Again, we are reminded of Solomon’s truth here – everything that we are going to do has actually already been done, and will likely be forgotten, again – another grim actuality – we too will be forgotten. How many of us can tell you our great-great-Grandparents names? We don’t know, because we have forgotten who they are, just as we ourselves will be forgotten.
A humbling reminder, not to take ourselves too seriously, and to stay humble to God, the only One who is never forgotten! No one forgets who God is!