One day a monk asks a woodcutter, who is hacking away at the tree, “How many hours do you need to cut a tree?”
“Four hours”, replies the woodcutter.
“And how do you cut a tree in four hours?”asks the monk.
“I sharpen my axe for the first three hours and cutting the tree takes me only one hour”says the woodcutter.
And throughout the insightful conversation, and while the parable plays through the edges of our consciousness, no one notices the weeping tree.