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Location: Penang, Malaysia

October 25, 2005

Copy Exactly!

First of all, this blog is not about the Copy Exactly factory strategy adopted by Intel.

A friend told me this story a couple of days ago. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a highly respected chief priest. He had a lovely golden retriever that roamed around the temple freely. The love and bond between the chief priest and his dog grew stronger day after day. At certain time of the day, the priest had to perform some religious rituals together with his followers. His canine would like to participate but it would not be so appropriate. So, they left the dog outside while they performed their duties to god. Feeling left out, the dog would ran around wildly, knocking down flower pots, annoying other people, and barked and barked and barked.

The priest told himself that he had to do something. One day, before starting the routine rituals, he tied his best friend next to a god statue in the garden, next to the main hall. He served him some vegetarian food from the alms they collected in the morning. The rituals went on smoothly without any disturbance at all. They repeated the same procedures from that day onwards.

Many years went by. Some of the chief priest's followers had gone to another planet to open new branches. Some had retired, some had decided to worship other gods, while some had gone closer to god. One day, the time for the chief priest to enter heaven had come. Although, his golden retriever had become senile, he was so sad that he decided to follow his master. All the followers threw the chief priest a grand funeral wishing him all the best in afterlife.

After things settled down, the most senior guy was elected to take the helm. Due to many years of training, it was just a piece of cake for the new chief priest to recite the mantras.

But wait! There is no dog there!

Go and catch one and tie it next to the god statue in the garden!


Blogger Loctor Mayat said...

Seriously, I don't get the story...

8:04 PM  
Blogger firstclass said...

Latuk Loctor, they were so used to the routine and they just follow the procedure without asking the reason behind. So, these people thought that tying up the dog was part of the religious ceremony. I am sure you have seen a lot of real life examples similar to this story.

11:00 PM  

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