I, the Teacher [the Sage], when king over Israel in Jerusalem, applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. (Ecclesiastes 1:12–13, NRSV)

It’s Friday morning. Looking back over the week, I’d say I didn’t accomplish all that much. Certainly nothing that will change the world for the better.

Come Monday morning, I’ll rehearse the drudgery of another week starting. A measure of hope for the week will be balanced by a pound of reality.

The Sage is a realist. So am I.

I always thought it would be fun to be idealistic. But I’ve never been able to pull it off.

Life is an unhappy business.