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Simple Mistake


A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in

copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying from

copies, not the original manuscripts.


So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this, pointing out

that if there were an error in the first copy, 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." So, he goes down into the cellar with one of

the copies to check it against the original.


Hours go by and nobody sees him. So one of the monks goes downstairs to look

for him. Hearing sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, he finds the old

monk leaning over one of the original books crying.


He asks the old monk what's wrong, and in a choked voice came the reply, "The

word is celebrate."



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