These words of King Solomon are just as true today as when they were written thousands of years ago. Each generation has its own set of problems/issues and each must deal with them with the means that are available to them today.
Yes history is important and learning lessons from history is important, but let us not kid ourselves for each generation is also a new generation, with new problems and also a new means to solve those problems.
Or are they new ? The problems and the means I mean…
People are still people with eyes to see and ears to hear and mouths to speak, are they not?
Yet, our problems (the problems of being human that is) remains and always will for that matter.
For I stand in agreement with the Preacher.
For I stand in agreement with God.
And I am grateful that when everything else is gone, that love will still remain…
For all is indeed vanity and God is Love
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11English Standard Version (ESV)