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Think back to the election year of 2020. Do you remember the flap over whether Jill Biden should be called “Dr. Biden?” She earned a doctorate in education, so the title was appropriate. But some people were concerned she would be confused with a medical doctor, especially during a pandemic. That, and it gave people an excuse to criticize political enemies!
You know, most people who earn a doctorate, whether in medicine or another discipline, like to be called “doctor.” We value education. Some people even get multiple degrees. This makes me ask whether the pursuit of knowledge and education is what gives meaning to life. King Solomon also asked the question. He systematically pursued knowledge. Listen to his words in Ecclesiastes 2:12-15, ‘Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. Then I thought in my heart, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said in my heart, “This too is meaningless.”’ (NIV)
In other words, knowledge and education have some value, but are not the meaning of life. Death ultimately makes them empty pursuits.
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