When defining the word “pleasure,” such words as “happiness,” “enjoyment,” or “fun” would make good substitutes. Solomon is talking to himself here, telling himself to go ahead and dive right in to see if indulging himself would bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Remember, he was the king, so he had the means available to entertain himself in any way he chose. But notice he tells himself to enjoy what is “good,” meaning he limited himself to things that wouldn’t be harmful to him. His wisdom allowed him to make appropriate choices, but even absorbing himself in “good” activities didn’t bring the result he wanted. He still was unfulfilled. The activities were meaningless, or futile. Doing good for the sake of doing good might give us a temporary feeling of success, but those things we do to make ourselves look good in the world’s eyes can’t bring eternal satisfaction. My step-grandma had a little plaque that hung in her bedroom, and it read “Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Following His will, honoring Him with our lives, leads us to eternal satisfaction. In Him we find our purpose. Futility or fulfillment? It’s always up to us.