When Alexander the Great was about to die 323 B.C., he sent for his generals and told them his last three wishes:
Alexander’s last wishes were:
1. That his coffin should be carried on the shoulders of the best physicians of the time.
2. That the treasures acquired – silver, gold, and precious stones – would be scattered all the way to the grave.
3. That his hands should stay swaying in the air, out of the coffin, in view of all…
One of the generals, surprised, asked Alexander the Great for the reasons of his unusual wishes.
1. I want the most eminent physicians to carry my coffin to show in this way that they are really powerless in healing power since they cannot save from death! So let not people take life for granted.
2. I want the ground to be covered with the treasures, so everybody can realize that we got the goods here, and that it remains here, because although we earned so much riches we cannot take anything with us when we die.
3. I want my hands to float in the air, to allow people to see that I came to this world empty handed and also leave empty handed, when my life-course is finished. The most precious treasure is indeed time, because it is limited. You can make money, but not for ever.
Soon Alexander the Great let death conquer him and breathed his last.