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RE: The Clue by Four

by awwaiid (Friar)
on Jul 13, 2000 at 00:55 UTC ( #22278=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The Clue by Four

On a similar note...

A novice asked the master: "I have a program that sometimes runs and sometimes aborts. I have followed the rules of programming, yet I am totally baffled. What is the reason for this?" The master replied: "You are confused because you do not understand the Tao. Only a fool expects rational behavior from his fellow humans.

Why do you expect it from a machine that humans have constructed? Computers simulate determinism; only the Tao is perfect.

The rules of programming are transitory; only the Tao is eternal. Therefore you must contemplate the Tao before you receive enlightenment."

"But how will I know when I have received enlightenment?" asked the novice.

"Your program will then run correctly," replied the master.

-- The Tao of Computer Programming

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Brother mikfire.

--awwaiid

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