There is a story told about a man whose name was Chaim. Chaim was a seeker who went from sage to sage, never satisfied with what he had learned. He came at last to a sage who knew all the secrets of life.
Eagerly, Chaim asked that the mysteries be revealed to him, but all the sage would say was, "First things first, one thing at a time."
Unable to interpret this, yet thirsty for revelation, Chaim remained and served the sage for a number of years. During that time he heard little and understood less.
One thing he did hear: There will be a Golden Age after several centuries.
Growing impatient, Chaim determined to leave the sage and travel to the Golden Age. After a long search that spanned the oceans and continents, he found a wonder-worker with a time machine who agreed to put Chaim to sleep for seven hundred years.
Chaim woke up and looked around. He saw the ruins of a mighty civilization.
Chaim went in search of that part of the earth where the Golden Age might yet be found. There was little sound of human life, however far he wandered. Finally, he saw the smoke of a fire. There, beside a crude hut, he saw a solitary man dressed in rags.
"I seek the Golden Age," said Chaim.
""You have missed it by two hundred years," said the man.
SO IS THERE A MORAL TO THIS STORY? IF SO, WHAT IS THE MORAL OF THE STORY? OR IS THERE MORE THAN ONE MORAL TO THE STORY?
Rabbi David Weissman