Tom and Jerry: Defenders of All Things Right and Good

Saturday, August 19, 2006

If only it were true...

My struggle would be over. Actually, that's not true, but my struggle would be different.

One of our three readers insisted on another post (thanks to Jacque for sending this):

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies. The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." The abbot goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are archived in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the him. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He finds the abbot banging his head against the wall and wailing,"We missed the "R!" , we missed the "R!" His forehead is bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, Father?" With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was...



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