A popular cautionary tale from Medieval Germany is ''Faust''. The story had been adapted MANY times and in many Countries. It has been made into songs, operas and of course - movies. The tale tells of a scholar named Faust. Old and learned, he is tired of wasting his life on pursuits of the mind. He foolishly makes a pact with The Devil. Faust will give his soul over, if The Devil will give him all knowledge and worldly pleasures (particularly the love of a young girl he has his eye on). The contract with ''Old Scratch'' is supposed to last for 24 years. Unfortunately for Faust, The Devil manipulates time so that 1 hour equals 1 year! So Faust only has one day. Getting all he asked for with predictable hollow endings - results in Faust realizing the folly of his deal. The Devil takes his soul in the end. The story has been changed (from time to time) with the same morale ending. Be happy with what you have (or have not). Sometimes things (and experiences) are fleeting.