Skip to content

September 24, 2010


A Matter of Taste

Photo by Steven Martin

The master didn’t attend any church — not because of any adverse feelings — but just because he didn’t feel the need or desire to go. He would sometimes visit to see old friends but that was it. The ceremony was unimportant to him.

The master had a new disciple who was a regular churchgoer. He began to skip church when he saw that the master didn’t bother to attend. Pretty soon he began to feel pretty bad and guilty about it.

When the master learned about this, he said to the disciple, “Of what use is it to copy my actions without my motivation? If you simply stop going to church in imitation of me, that doesn’t do you any good. The monkey who strums a guitar doesn’t become a musician.”

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Read more from Stories
8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jennifer is Always Sick
    Sep 28 2010

    I come here to drop on your blog every day, and each time, that monkey makes me smile.
    Jennifer is Always Sick recently posted..Alternative Options for Treating Allergic RhinitisMy ComLuv Profile

  2. Sep 29 2010

    I’m glad he’s good for something other than making music ;)

  3. Greg
    Oct 1 2010

    You always have great lessons, and inspirational thoughts. I think that this is like do what I say and not what I do?
    Greg recently posted..Witch Doctors- Sorcery- White Magic a Simple SolutionMy ComLuv Profile

  4. Oct 1 2010

    It’s more like, “don’t blindly follow whatever I do.”

    It’s not “do what I say” because the master didn’t tell him to do anything.

  5. Random Jan
    Oct 2 2010

    Hi! I drop by your blog once in a while to read the stories and I just wanted to say this is my favorite so far. It’s short yet very powerful and speaks to both secular and religious people at the same time.
    Random Jan recently posted..Happy Teacher’s Day!My ComLuv Profile

  6. Khaye
    Oct 7 2010

    Hi… I’m a new visitor ^^ I love your topic here. Very nice ^^ That monkey is cute :) I remember one preacher once said in our church “Monkey see, monkey do” Happy blogging!

  7. splitzapper
    Oct 10 2010

    Great blog. Inspiring, a good alternative to non sense blog like mine :) . And sincere one at that. the best part is, you’re from Davao. keep it up.
    splitzapper recently posted..TFCMy ComLuv Profile

  8. Ratty
    Oct 21 2010

    I like this little lesson. It reminds me of what I call people who buy too many fancy gadgets just for what other people will think of them. A monkey with a machine gun. They have no use for some of these things, and they don’t even understand them. This doesn’t apply to most people, just a few I have met.
    Ratty recently posted..Nothing At AllMy ComLuv Profile

Share your thoughts, post a comment.


Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

CommentLuv Enabled