Ash Wednesday

Vanitas
Pieter Boel, Allegory of Vanity, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille. 1663

I don’t wish to seem gloomy (that’s not the point of Lent), but as Ecclesiastes poetically puts it (1: 2-4) :

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity. What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever.

We all need to take stock sometimes

 

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