Brother John entered the'Monastery of Silence' and the Chief
Priest said, "Brother, this is a silent monastery, you are
welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak
until I direct you to do so." Brother John lived in the
monastery for five years before the Chief Priest said to him
"Brother John,you have been here five years now, you may
speak two words."
Brother John said, "Hard Bed."
"I'm sorry to hear that" the Chief Priest said. "We will get
you a better bed."
After another five years, Brother John was called by the
Chief Priest. "You may say another two words Brother John."
"Cold Food." said Brother John, and the Chief Priest assured
him that the food would be better in the future.
On his 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Chief Priest
again called Brother John into his office. "Two words you
may say today."
"I Quit." said Brother John.
"It is probably best." said the Chief Priest. "You've done
nothing but complain since you got here.