Solomon’s Sorrow


This post is a recommendation for this excellent book written by Reginald Block with the same name as this title. If you want a concise over view of the world as it exists today then this one is for you and I enthusiastically encourage you to purchase it. Alternatively join his patreon for all of his work where the exclusive PDF and audio book exist.

“Yet, there’s an upside to not knowing and a downside to knowing. King Solomon wrote, “For in 1 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly…” 2 2 Corinthians 2:11 “…lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” One might think Solomon recommends ignorance to avoid sorrow; yet, I’m certain that’s not what he intended. Rather, I believe he meant that when you know why the world is the way it is, it can be disparaging. The upside of not knowing is that the quest to know appears to give meaning to life. Conversely, the downside of knowing can leave you feeling empty, realizing that one’s quest is basically over. This is intensified by the fact that it seems very little can be done to significantly change anything. Knowing can be a lonely and sorrowful place, one of frustration.
So, we are left with a predicament. Do we remain ignorant, or like Solomon do we pursue knowledge to
our own detriment? If we choose ignorance, we’re like the frog being slowly boiled and won’t hop out
of the pot. He has no idea of the peril he’s in, but he’s content not knowing and not wanting to know.
Yet, that mindset makes as much sense as not looking both ways before crossing the freeway.
Conversely, if we choose knowledge, we run the risk of upsetting our life, running afoul of the status quo
and falling into depression and cynicism”. – Excerpt from Solomon’s Sorrow introduction. Reginald Jacob Block


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