Vanity of Vanities

23 Jul

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King Solomon by Svetoslav Roerich

Vanity: a word we so often connote with beauty and physical appearance. The word is so much more than that. Its description broader and more fitting in describing the society we have created. We live lives of vanity in a vain existence.

Vanity isn’t about beauty specifically. It’s about a lack of value and use: worthlessness. And we are obsessed with it. Reality tv, tabloids, gossip, people’s private relationships and sex lives, game shows, empty comedy, silver screen re-makes, wealth, fame, and celebrity. We refuse to acknowledge that these things are not bad, but they are vain and devoid of substantive meaning.

That’s just it isn’t it? That is the real problem with vanity? It has no meaning; it doesn’t fulfill us. We search our whole lives to find something meaningful. To find something that makes the struggle worth it. Something that justifies the tears we’ve been forced to shed, the smiles that have been snatched from our faces, the trust we covet, the love we’ve abandoned, our hearts we’ve had to piece together time and time again, the hope we’ve held dangling sometimes by threads. We want something that is worth all that we’ve sacrificed; all that we’ve risked losing.

It’s our dreams. Our dreams are priceless. They’re the hope that things can get better. They’re the ambition to be great and perform acts of greatness. Dreams are where fantasy and reality meet. They make life worth living and they are worth dying in the pursuit of. Everything else…is, well, vanity.

Where there are violet ambitions, vanity wilts away.

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