posted Oct 04, 2007

A novice in the ways of the Web came upon a Master, and implored him, "Sir, will you please teach me the ways of the Web and take me on as a student? For I am much in need of the knowledge the Web contains."

The Master agreed, and the novice began his training.

Within hours, he came upon a website containing thousands of strange cat pictures. The novice called over the Master and said, "Look, this is funny!" The Master thwacked the novice with a stick, and told him to ponder upon his transgression.

A year goes by, and the novice again comes upon the site. The novice calls over to the Master and says "You were right to discipline me. I can not believe I was ever naive enough to think this was funny." And the Master thwacked the novice with a stick, and told him to ponder upon his transgression.

Another year goes by, and the novice learns much. Again he comes upon the site, and calls the Master over. "I believe I understand now. The use of deliberately bad grammar harkens back to our childhood days, and cute pictures remind our brain of the faces of children. This site is a regression into immaturity in the face of a world that is increasingly complex and requires ever-increasing maturity to survive. Such as the maturity I am acquiring under your tutelage. Is that not right?" And the Master thwacked the novice with a stick, and told him to ponder upon his transgression.

Yet another year goes by, and the novice again comes upon the site. He calls the Master over, and says "I do not entirely know what you are looking for, but this site still seems silly." The Master this time gave the novice a small nod, and said "You are now on the path to wisdom, but you have not arrived yet."

A final year goes by, and the novice once again comes upon the site. He calls the Master over and says, "Look, this is funny!" The Master smiled sagely and nodded his assent, saying "Now you have learned all I can teach."

 

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