“The Acolyte” / A Memorable Fancy #287

[“Certain teachings take four hundred years to transmit from sage to student; others, four thousand; others, forty thousand.” – Eliot Weinberger]

The acolyte, when offered a choice, chose forty thousand years, for what is left to seek after enlightenment? That would be the end of life.

“You are indeed wise,” said the sage. “All my other students impatiently choose four hundred years, or quit in despair. You have made forty thousand years’ progress in a single day; you have nothing else to learn.”

That night the acolyte, wise beyond his years and with nothing else to seek, died.

 

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