While reading the following ancient parable in Alan Watts' "The Way of Zen" (1957, Pantheon Books) I was suddenly enlightened:
The Stooges were Zen masters!
Don't believe me? Read it for yourself:
On one occasion Moe and Curly were out for a walk, when they saw some wild geese flying past.
"What are they?" asked Moe.
"They're wild geese," said Curly.
"Where are they going?" demanded Moe.
Curly replied, "They've already flown away."
Suddenly Moe grabbed Curly by the nose and twisted it so that he cried out in pain.
"How," shouted Moe, "could they ever have flown away?"
This was the moment of Curly's awakening.
(It'd sure wake ME up, nyuk nyuk!)