The River Crossing

Two monks were walking along the banks of a river. They saw a young woman who was afraid to cross.

Although the monks had taken vows never to touch a woman, the older monk picked her up and carried her to the other side of the river.

The younger monk was angry about it all day. The two didn’t speak until sunset, when they were allowed to break their vow of silence.

Then the angry younger monk accused the older monk of polluting not only himself but also the whole order.

The older monk simply answered,

“I put the woman down on the other side of the river early this morning. It is only you who have been carrying her around throughout the day.”

What are you carrying?

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