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J finishes his breakfast and rides his bike to a temple. J is a guru there. J has a little room in the temple, where he talks with people. When there is no one to talk to, J looks out the door, makes eye contact with whomever, and welcomes him or her in.

Thousands of people visit the temple every day. Most of them just hang around, take a few photos, then post the pictures somewhere on the internet.

M visits a foreign city by following the crowd. While wandering around the city, he follows a group of people to the temple, there he sees J, and J sees him.

“Hi, how are you, my friend. I am J.”

“Hi, not very well. I am M.”

“I can see that.”

“Sure you do.”

“It’s not a big deal.”


“That’s my job, telling people it’s not a big deal.”

“Oh for sure. Are you going to tell me anything different?”

“Yes, but only if you tell me something different than what the other visitors tell me.”

“When I get tired of people talking, I close my eyes and imagine that I am a whale in the deep sea, surrounded by darkness, communicating with my friends miles away using that whale sound, you know.”

“Or I become an astronaut on the Moon, communicating with others using electromagnetic waves, so I can turn off the receiver at any moment.”

“Oh, interesting. From now on, if you get tired of a conversation, you can think of yourself as a guru, like me, whose job is listening to strangers blathering and blathering every day.”

“That’s funny. Thanks you, J.”