We will discover much more as we delve into the depth of the book.
In spite of his painful encounters with the world and its problems, Solomon does not recommend either pessimism or cynicism.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
-Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (Just in case we missed it, he also put the same key at the back door.
The word Koheleth carries with it the idea of debating, not so much with the listeners as with himself.
He would present a topic, discuss it from many viewpoints, and then come to a practical conclusion.
Solomon wrote Proverbs from the viewpoint of a wise teacher,, ekklesia, and thus the Septuagint version gives us the English title of the book, Ecclesiastes.
But the Preacher did more than call an assembly and give an oration.
But we should not mistake brutal honesty with pessimism.
Ecclesiastes is the kind of book a person would write near the end of life, reflecting on life's experiences and the painful lessons learned.