A young monk arrives at the monastery.
He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the
canons and laws of the church by hand.
He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying
copies, not from the original manuscript.
So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question
pointing out that if someone made even a small error in
first copy, it would never be picked up!
In fact, that error would be continued in all of the
The head monk, says, 'We have been copying from the
for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.'
He goes down into the dark caves underneath the
where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a
vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years.
by and nobody sees the old abbot . . .
So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look
He sees him banging his head against the wall and
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying
The young monk asks the old abbot, 'What's wrong,
With A choking voice, the old abbot replies, 'The word