«Hell, and Destruction are never full; so, the eyes of man are never satisfied» (Proverbs 27:20),
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon refers to the problem of human dissatisfaction. The wise man states that everything happens too fast and in big amounts. It’s impossible for human beings to grasp and take in everything that happens in front of them. They barely manage to capture several brush strokes of reality, which belong to their ever-fleeting lives. Nevertheless, that fleetingness, that great amount of visual stimuli brings with it a big problem for humans, that is, dissatisfaction: «All things are full of labor; man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing» (Ecclesiastes 1:8). Wanting to satisfy the human heart through purely human means is absurd.
But how can you get bored in a world where there’s so much to see? In a society like ours, where the spectacular is promoted, it would be logical to think that boredom would be an unusual attitude. But it’s just the opposite! How is it possible to be bored in a society that offers so many distractions and entertainment? Nowadays you can watch all kinds of movies, sporting events, soap operas, comedies, documentaries and other things on T.V. Or you can go to a concert, a sports center or a shopping mall. However, life is monotonous, dull, repetitive, routine and insignificant to many people. That happens, in part, due to the excessive stimulation the population is submitted to, that is, there are so many exciting things that demand their attention that, gradually, they are unable to narrow down and choose among so many options. In consequence, they close their minds to everything. They don’t know what information is relevant and they start to lose their ability to find the meaning of something—Richard Winter, Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 2002, p. 36. So, boredom is an allegory of the postmodern condition.
Are we doomed to dissatisfaction and boredom? No. Regarding that, Jesus told the Samaritan woman a great truth: «Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life» (John 4:13, 14). It’s with Him that we find the true meaning of our lives.
Ask the Lord today to give you that water of eternal life to drink.