Gilgamesh and wisdom
Ever do we build our households, ever do we make our nests, ever do brothers divide their inheritance, ever do feuds arise in the land.
Many of these themes emerge from a lost mythological tradition and a culture that is equally non-extant, the bonds of friendship, fear of death, and the quest for worldly renown still strike chords with contemporary life. The other major incident I have highlighted is when Utnaphistim tries to give Gilgamesh the plant of life, so that he can eat it and become eternal.
The Anunnaki, the great gods, held an assembly, Mammitum, maker of destiny, fixed fates with them: both Death and Life they have established, but the day of Death they do not disclose.
He does not want to accept the fact that only the gods live forever.
In the Epic of Gilgamesh, how do people attain wisdom? Even though Gilgamesh possessed knowledge, he did not undergo using it correctly. Nonetheless, they approach this whole coming-to-terms-with-death-is-the-foundation-of-wisdom in different ways. After reading the account, I disagree. The difference perhaps is that the Epic of Gilgamesh emphasizes the constant drum of the same activities, whereas the the Ecclesiastes passage emphasizes the appointment of times for different activities, although these activities, too, are recurrent. Is it through something they hear someone else say, or must they experience it for themselves? Authors use this literary device in stories to convey a critical belief about life. All of this noted, without a doubt, reading this text made me rest assured that Gilgamesh was the epitome of attaining wisdom. He ultimately wants to make a ame for himself, which he clearly accomplished since we are still learning about him today. The major plot points are echoed in both texts despite differentiation of detail, however the crucial distinctions are observed through the contrasting religious themes.
Fortunately, they do not, yet Gilgamesh does get the slight upper-hand, and they become great friends. If you fail to do this, death may spring on you at any time and your chance of enjoyment will be gone.
This is a symbolic way of showing how death may take place but that does not end life itself. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
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