The Great Chain on Urantia (Chapter 8, page 2 of 7)

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Chapter 8

Ah! How about that! There he is.

"Jim! Hello! Over here! Wait, I'm coming!"

"Hi. Jack? How are you?"

"Well, I've had some trouble with my tonsils, so we may have to get them out. My ears seem to get plugged up and…"

"Whoa! Come on, Jack. When someone says 'How are you' they don't want a medical report. It's just another part of 'Hello'. What you say is something like: Not too bad, thank you, and how are you? And then the other person says 'Oh, fine.' And then you go on talking. See?"

"Hmm, that seems like a lot of hello. But if that's the way it's done, I guess I'll try to do it."

"Good. But I'm surprised your holy teachers haven't taught you stuff like that. Don't they want you to talk to people?"

"They do. Yes they do, but you know, they're a bit different. Living in a monastery is not like living in a town. I suppose they have a lot of customs that are strange to you. And you most likely do a lot of things that would seem kind of weird to them. I guess."

"I suppose so. Hey, see that girl over there? The one with long hair? She speaks English."

"Yes, she talked to me once. She asked me what religion I was! I said Roman Catholic, and she just walked away. Not a word, just walked away. Do you know her?"

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