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Wisdom Literature

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I love wisdom literature, particularly Biblical stuff.
I also like the pseudo-secular, too; I've reviewedCormack MacCarthy's The Road here, and am going to see the film version today. Love those post-apocalyptic parables!
But lately, I have been focusing on Ecclesiastes, especially Chapter 7. Just about every line jumps out at me and smacks me in the face. And, going through an unwanted breakup at the moment, I am being forced to read these lines carefully and consider my circumstances. Towit:

Verse 3 Sorrow is better than laughter; For by a sad countenance the heart is made better.
What doesn't kill you will make you stronger?? Yuck. Hate those lessons. But I know from experience that it's true, and ultimately good for my growth as a person.

Verse 8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning....
Certainly not what you believe at the end of a relationship! The beginning is the gasoline that lights a ripping path of joy. At the end, it ph…

" " from Chuck Close, one of my heros

… “photography is the easiest medium in which to be competent, it is probably the hardest to develop an idiosyncratic personal vision…It’s like pushing something heavy uphill. Photography’s not an easy medium; it is perhaps the hardest of them all.”