Oramuzes' happiness egg!
(Thomas Brooks, "London's Lamentations" 1670)
"Whoever loves money — never has money enough; whoever loves wealth — is never satisfied with his income." Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who is not contented with a little — will never be satisfied with much. Money of itself, cannot satisfy any desire of nature.
A circle cannot fill a triangle — and no more can the whole world fill the heart of man. A man may as soon fill a chest with grace — as a heart with wealth. The soul of man may be busied about earthly things — but it can never be filled nor satisfied with earthly things. There is many a worldling who has enough of the world to sink him — who will never have enough of the world to satisfy him.
The more that money is increased — the more that the love of money is increased; and
the more that the love of money is increased — the more that the soul is unsatisfied.
It is only an infinite God, and an infinite good — which can fill and satisfy the precious and immortal soul of man.
The sum of all that the creatures amount to, according to Solomon's reckoning, is vanity and vexation of spirit. Vanity and vexation is the very quintessence of the creature, and all that can possibly be extracted out of it. Now if vanity can satisfy, or if vexation can give contentment — if you can gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles — then go on and dote upon the world still, and be always enamored with a shadow of perishing beauty.
Oramuzes the enchanter boasted that in his egg, all the happiness in the world was included; but being broken, there was nothing in it but wind and emptiness.
"When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun!" Ecclesiastes 2:11