I make no apologies for this, but Solomon makes a difficult point–we all DIE! My pastor said it another way, “Nobody gets out of here alive!” Solomon, as he was looking at all options, spoke to the obvious–clearly there are great advantages to seeking wisdom over folly. It is as different as night and day! It is like walking as a sighted person versus walking blind. But, as one seeks wisdom or seeks folly, they will end in death. Solomon realized that even the great things could not bring immortality.
and also madness and folly.
What more can the king’s successor do
than what has already been done?
13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
that the same fate overtakes them both.
15 Then I said to myself,
“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
“This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!