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Thursday, February 8, 2007

How Many Mystics Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

The following are the witty, hilarious responses from the members of the Tea House online community:

  • One. However many it takes to change the light bulb, all are one.

  • No particular number – one to change the bulb and the rest will simply experience the moment.

  • None, they don’t need light bulbs. They are already enlightened.

And the following are answers by group orientation:

  • New Ager: None, because the light bulb is perfect as it is and doesn’t need to be changed.

  • Philosopher: What does the light bulb represent? What do you mean by mystics? Change? Define change.

  • Buddhist: There is no mystic. There is no light bulb. It's all illusory - just a dream that we wake up from when we become enlightened.

  • Christian: Only one, but it won't matter. That mystic is sinning against God by practicing mysticism and nothing will save him from God's wrath and retribution.

  • Confucianist: One. The changer shall treat the light bulb respectfully as it is removed. The old bulb shall be praised for being of service in the past, and the new bulb shall be equally praised for taking up the responsibility. Only then will the house owner, the old bulb, and the new bulb live in harmony and mutual respect.

  • Tao cultivator: It is the emptiness of a socket without a bulb that makes it useful as a receptacle.

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