My reflections then turned to wisdom, madness, and folly. What can the king's heir do but what has already been done?
I saw that wisdom is more beneficial than folly, as light is more beneficial than darkness.
The wise have eyes in their head, but fools walk around in darkness. But I also realized that the same fate happens to both of them.
So I thought to myself, What happens to the fool will also happen to me. So why have I been so very wise? I said to myself, This too is pointless.
There is no eternal memory of the wise any more than the foolish,a because everyone is forgotten before long. How can the wise die just like the fool?
So I hated life, because the things that happen under the sun were troublesome to me. Definitely, everything is pointless—just wind chasing.