It’s a saying that comes from a book called Ecclesiastes 1.9, out of a bigger book that has moved more copies than any other book every printed.
Many call it prophecy.
I call it heresy.
Think about the last story you heard or told… minimised or magnified for its audience, right?
So I have a problem with the claim that there is nothing new under the sun.
I’m not sure that it is wrong… but I almost am, because it would take all of me to unthinkingly agree, that yes — it must be right.
It certainly doesn’t have to be believed and assimilated just because of where it came from, right? Those blokes trusted to retell and retell and retell those stories may have been marred by a case of the ol broken telephone, which means His marketing campaign no longer makes sense.
This ‘theory’ is tepid simply because it contradicts its origin.
Isn’t any new angle on anything specific, new?
In terms of IQ? Probably not. In terms of EQ? Definitely.
Nine years ago – Condolesa Rice became the first female African-American secretary of state and was President Bush’s National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. But… there is nothing new under the sun?
In 2012, Felix Baumgartner got into a machine and went 39 kilometres up, where no ground is granted but for to jump toward it. He lingered — for what must have been a lifetime to him — and then stepped off the edge and jumped back to Earth. He set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight, parachute jump from the highest altitude, and greatest free fall velocity. But… there is nothing new under the sun…
So how does love work?
We hurt. We hate. We hide. We heal. And then one day, we say one hello… and then, maybe… possibly even… “…lie down next to me, and look into my eyes…”
And anyone who knows what love or the absence of it is, will know all about new – because of it.
Sure, love has been here before… and will be here again…
But this love?
No, it has not been here before. Not like this.
Nine years ago I made a mixtape-CD for my ilk. I called it VITAMIN DKB. It went down like a homesick mole.
Here, revisited, I’d like to offer you something more under the sun.
Go live it.
Be new. Be well. Keep walking.
VITAMIN DKB – revisited.
“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand
how small you really are.”
– Felix Baumgartner
© Dylan Balkind