“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough”(The epitaph on Alexander the Great’s tombstone)
It’s one of those inexplicable human traits that we are never satisfied. Our hearts have become conditioned to constantly yearn for more instead of having learnt to put a ceiling on these insatiable wants. In our consumer driven era guided by tag lines like “yeh dil manage more” or even that catchy ‘aur dikhao aur dikhao’, enough is never enough. Sometimes you tend to feel that there should be a limit to our relentlessly acquisitive greed for more. Perhaps one needs the wisdom of a simple insight that makes you realise with gratitude that you have enough and that you need no more…
The other day i read this great anecdote about author Joseph Heller, well known for the bestselling ‘Catch-22’. In his later years he once attended a party in the Hamptons where the guests were mostly successful young hedge fund managers. While he was at the party, someone came up to him and pointed out some 25 year old person. “You see that guy over there?” that someone said. “That guy made ten times more money last year than all of your books will make in your entire lifetime.”
Joseph Heller looked at the 25 year old guy, then turned around and said, “But I have one thing that that man will never have.”
With a scoff the other person asked,”And what could that possibly be?”
Joseph Heller replied, “Enough”.