Hoping for a Quieter, More Thoughtful 2020


The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:17

Six hours and the clock will bring in the New Year. Throughout most of my life, I have read the Book of Ecclesiastes in prepration for each new year. This litereary genre falls under a category I call Progressive (or Pessimistic) Wisdom. A large portion of my doctoral dissertation was dedicated to the Hebrew wisdom tradition, and though that book closed in 1987, I never stopped reading the literature or researching the tradition in Hebrew history. Whereas the Book of Proverbs presents an earlier, optimistic and more traditional wisdom in the Hebrew ethos, Ecclesiastes was composed during a later, darker era of world confusion.

I would encourage everyone to read this great book (only twelve chapters–nine actual pages in my Bible) each year and take inventory on one’s philosophy of life. This writer was an aged ruler who had a reputation for unparalleled wealth, power, influence and wisdom. Yet, in his senior years, he concluded that all was “vanity” (empty) in this life under the sun. After eleven chapters of sounding the “empty” refrain, he offered a more promising conclusion: reverence God and keep his commandments, for this makes one complete.

I posted the passage above, because I muse this evening over social media and our Internet Age of Verbiage. Yes, I too contribute to the blogosphere of chatter, and am seriously considering writing more in 2020 than I have the year prior. But I’m troubled this evening at the profusion of hate and resentment that flows like a river of poison across our culture (and much of it very badly written, I might add). I am certain that much of this discourse could have been avoided had the speaker or author paused long enough to re-read and re-consider the words before releasing them into the void. I read a statement from someone earlier today that we ourselves get over the bad feelings and poisoned words we toss out, but our targets can hold on to the words for years, and suffer the effects of the ill wishes. Life is too precious to live under a barrage of hate and invective.

So here is my pledge to be quieter, kinder and more thoughtful in the words I toss onto the blog. I want readers to feel good about this gift of life when they read what I choose to share. I’ll try to keep my focus on this matter in 2020 and beyond.

Thanks for reading, please check out my website (www.davidtrippart.com), have a Happy New Year and find space in your life for the Quiet.

Shultz reduced

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.



One Response to “Hoping for a Quieter, More Thoughtful 2020”

  1. kiddlescarol Says:

    Wishing you, and all of us, a more peaceful 2020, David!


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