Eat Your Pudding

Before the visitor embarked upon Discipleship, he wanted assurance from the master.

"Can you teach me the goal of human life?"
"I cannot."
"Or at least its meaning?"
"I cannot."
"Can you indicate to me the nature of death and of life beyond the grave?"
"I cannot."

The visitor walked away in scorn.  The disciples were dismayed that their master had been shown up in a poor light.

Said the master soothingly, "Of what is it to comprehend life's nature and life's meaning if you have never tasted it?  I'd rather you ate your pudding than speculated on it."

(Anthony de Mello)