posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 12:33 PM
I'll give you a rather silly example, a hacker koan-ish story by a friend of mine.
One fine day, as Master Foo sat beside the pond watching the ducks, a student approached him with a query. "Wise Master Foo, my companion seems to
have lost his senses." Pointing at his companion who was standing behind him, he continued: "For he claims that the creatures in the pond are cows,
and not ducks. Surely must that be untrue!"
To this the companion cried: "But friend, the creatures in the pond are indeed cows, and I know this to be true. Look at the cows swimming there."
The student threw his hands up in exasperation. "No, you fool! Can you hear the ducks making the quacking noise that ducks do? Cows make a mooing
noise, like this." And he let out a mooing noise, so as to imitate a cow.
The companion replied: "But cows do make a quacking noise. Look at the cows swimming there! They are making the quacking noise, like cows do." And he
let out a quacking noise, so as to imitate a duck.
At a loss for words, the student turned to Master Foo for guidance. "Please, can you tell me what his problem is?"
Master Foo merely smiled and said: "Cow or duck, do you both hear it quack?"
Upon hearing this, the student was enlightened.
edit on 22-9-2012 by Tadeusz because: (no reason given)