A Meditation by Anthony de Mello, SJ

According to legend, God sent a special Angel to the Master with this message:

“Ask for a million years of life and they will be given you. Or a million million. How long do you wish to live?”

“Eighty years,” said the Master without the slightest hesitation.

The disciples were dismayed.
“But, Master, if you lived 
for a million years, think how many generations would profit by your wisdom.”

“If I lived for a million years,people would be more intent on lengthening their lives than on cultivating wisdom.”