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Monday, June 11, 2007

Qohelet and the Sopranos?

Did I miss it? Did Qohelet make a guest appearance on the Sopranos last night? I have no HBO so I did not see the finale. However, like everyone else in America I know the ending.

Jeremy McCarter suggests that Qohelet showed up:

We should have seen this coming. For 86 episodes, David Chase has shown us characters absorbed in the picayune little details of life, even as threats of violence and catastrophe lurk around every corner (and jukebox). Had Chase killed off Tony or his family, or shown them riding triumphant in the sunshine, he would have put a limit on that view of the world: "Life is messy and dangerous... and then it kills you in the end," or "Life is messy and dangerous... but things turn out okay in the end." The series has shown too large a spirit to be pinned down that way. After all the tense references to Revelations and the end times this season, the finale is pure Ecclesiastes: The whole point is that there is no end, even when it comes time to say "The End" — or, in this case, "Whaddya gonna do?"


I like it.

The powerful rule the world. We must bow to the Tony Sopranos of the world who pull the strings of the puppets - and we dance. But even at the top can the Tony Sopranos find meaning? Or are they even more paranoid/depressed/confused/angry/fearful than the rest of us?

A meaningful life. There is no guarantee.

Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.

It seems that contentment, satisfaction, and gladness of heart come to the blessed few:

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. 5:18-20

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