Who Bent The World

Q has a back story that he allows to appear gradually throughout the book of Ecclesiastes. It is more blatant towards the end, but a careful read discovers hints. For example he says that it is a grievous task that God (interestingly Elohim) has given to the sons of men (1.13), thus turning the flow of his thought from a human perspective as though we initiate the question What does life mean? to some sense of an assignment from God to us that we find grievous. We tend, if we have some sense of deity, to pose questions like “why?” to this being. Whereas here Q may be proposing that it is God who is posing the questions. Later he says that God has been testing humans (3.18) And when he turns his thoughts to pleasure as a candidate for the answer to the question What does life mean? and we expect him to “test” pleasure (expecting that this is his method for all candidates) he surprises us with “I said to myself ‘come now, I will test you with pleasure.” (2.1) It’s as though he speaks for God rather than question God, and this is further exasperated by his assertion that “what is crooked cannot be straightened” (1.15) and “Consider the work of God, for who can straighten what He has bent?” 97.13) What sense can we make of this?