Zizek on Job

I found this interesting:

“After Job is hit by calamities, his theological friends come, offering interpretations which render these calamities meaningful. The greatness of Job is not so much to protest his innocence as to insist on the meaninglessness of his calamities. When God finally appears, he affirms Job’s position against the theological defenders of the faith.”

Is this not the role that Christians like to slide into, as the “theological friends” offering meaning to those struck by tragedy. God is testing you, this is the unfolding of God’s plan, you’ll see this will make sense; or more darkly: maybe you do not pray so well, maybe you have some sin for which you have not adequately confessed.

What if Job is a sort of mirror for the wealthy dilletante who wrote Ecclesiastes. One finds no meaning in his wealth and leisure, the other finds no meaning in his suffering and privation. How much is this an unnoticed undercurrent in the Bible? Why must we seek meaning in our misery? Is it not another “chasing after the wind” to do so?