I connect Ecclesiastes and the other biblical wisdom books in many ways with the Stoics, and for some reason, both click with me. That unwavering acceptance of reality, of doing one's duty in the face of death or whatever comes. it is not negative, but joyful in a deep sense. It feels very much like a part of the Japanese ethic of "mono no aware", or of the Native American code made famous in Crazy Horse's "It is a good day to die." It is not an embrace of death, but a recognition that we will die, it is inevitable, and so the sweetness of the day is all the sweeter in its brevity and purity and transience. It is a good day to die…it is as good as any other possible day, for all of the perfection of existence is here, now, at this place and in this moment. It is not negative, but so positive in the face of annihilation.