In Solomon’s thoughts today, he points out that foolishness can reign in high places too, in other words, us common folk aren’t the one’s who can act the fool, foolishness can reign supreme in the top of the food chain too. Here he Is talking about Kings, but it is also applicable to any kind of structure, whether it is a company, a church, school or government.
Ecc 4:13 It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
Ecc 4:14 Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.
Ecc 4:15 But then everyone rushes to the side of yet another youth who replaces him.
Ecc 4:16 Endless crowds stand around him, but then another generation grows up and rejects him, too. So it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
In other words, a King who was once flavor of the month, is cast aside for the new up and comer. Wow…that rings true with our elections, if we look at our previous presidents, they are rarely ever remembered fondly. The “new” guy is always supposed to make everything better…but as Solomon says, it is a cyclical process and he correctly points out, that it is all meaningless.
We are all flawed, Kings, presidents and commoners are all born with original sin.