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"Meaningless! Meaningless!" Lamented Solomon close to the end of his life, "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless" (Ecclesiastes NIV). Through the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon discusses the many aspects of his life. Wisdom, riches, fame, childhood, all them were denounced as vanity or completely senseless. Solomon had spent the earlier half of his life living for God; nonetheless, in the next half of his life he fell away from God and pursued idols. In many ways, the condition of Leo Tolstoy in his middle years is identical to that of Solomon in the latter sections of his life. Additionally, Solomon spends 12 chapters arguing that without God life vacant. In the same way, Tolstoy concludes in his novel My Confessions that, apart from faith, life is pointless. Solomon and Tolstoy's mirrored perspectives and life choices, both lead them to discover God, or religion, is what gives meaning to life. Up until 18 years old, Tolstoy was, "baptized and educated in the Orthodox Christian religion" (Stumpf, Fieser 27). However, once he reached 18, he departed from Christianity. For a number of decades after leaving the Christian faith, he valiantly chased his own passions. Although he wanted to be a praiseworthy individual, much of his time has been spent in a perverted haze. "There wasn't a crime which I didn't commit," Tolstoy maintained (Stumpf, Fieser 27). As time progressed, Tolstoy's idols morphed to become more inconspicuous. He no longer acted blatantly amoral but instead pursued comfort his family and himself. Taking a several thousand-year leap into the past, King Solomon led a similar existence. From childhood, he had been supposed to revere God from none other than King David. Despondently, after several years of leading to a Godly, upright life, he de...