“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generatins come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
For you physics buffs, I’m sure the realization that struck me as I rode up a hill today will have less impact. But as I pedaled along, thinking about the weights I lifted the night before, I realized that most of my physical life is me vs. gravity. Pretty much everything I do results from the need to thwart gravity’s pull. I eat to keep my body up and moving around, to maintain strength enough to hold my own mass up. I sleep for the same reason, to keep body strong enough to stay up. I work to earn money to eat and have a place to sleep. You could extrapolate a little more and say that really life is fighting entropy, of which gravity is one manifestation. This argument would be even easier to make, and my commenting on it here hardly represents a brilliant breakthrough, but still, think of it: On everything from a cellular–even atomic–level and up, you battle against chaos.
Could you argue that the emotional/spiritual life also takes part in the battle against entropy? We constantly work to build relationships with people, and that relationships will naturally decay just like a body or a building if left untended. As with physical entities, it seems that we naturally strive to impart order into a chaotic emotional system. Never give up; never surrender.