Spiritual Reflection: The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?
King Solomon meditated on the nature of wisdom and madness:
"Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
and also madness and folly" Ecclesiastes 2:12
Then he explained to us that there are two mentalities, two discernments that give rise to two paths, righteousness and sin, we choose between wisdom and foolishness:
"I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
just as light is better than darkness" Ecclesiastes 2:13
The wise man in the old testament represents the person who has achieved spiritual perfection and communion with God through the path of righteousness (golden rule) and mercy, a wise man is not a liar, a wise man is a person who when he tells you that something is like that, it is that way and not another; in other words, a sage is a person who says things as they are without ulterior motives.
Given this situation, it would seem that the situation of the wise outweighs that of the fool:
"The wise have eyes in their heads,
while the fool walks in the darkness" Ecclesiastes 2:14.
But then the sage made a spiritual reflection:
"But I came to realize
that the same fate overtakes them both.
Then I said to myself,
´The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?´" Ecclesiastes 2:14-15.
King Solomon with this last thought told us that the wise or those who are in search of wisdom should avoid vanity, which is a serious moral sin; vanity brings with it pride and the false belief that we are better than others. The book of Ecclesiastes with a certain pessimism also tries to explain to us that we are all children of the same God, and that death awaits us all. After all, everything falls into oblivion, concluded the wise man.
But with this the wise man didn't tell us that good does not have a value, good and evil are in an eternal struggle, and it is up to us to put a small grain of sand, to change what is wrong. If the cosmos is a gigantic Library, our universe is a page inside a book of the library. Humility must be first of all a lamp before the eyes of those who seek the blessing of wisdom.