King Pyrrhus of Epirus

King Pyrrhus of Epirus was approached by his friend Cyneas and asked, If you conquer Rome, what will you do next, sir?

Pyrrhus replied, Sicily is next door and will be easy to take.

And what shall we do after Sicily is taken?

Then we will move over to Africa and sack Carthage.

And after Carthage, sir?

The turn of Greece will come.

And what, may I ask, will the fruit of all these conquests be?

Then, said Pyrrhus, we can sit down and enjoy ourselves.

Can we not, said Cyneas, enjoy ourselves now?

This is from The Heart of the Enlightened, a book of spiritual stories by Anthony de Mello.

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