wrote a song called Seek and You Shall Find. In that song
he tells a story
(along these lines) about a king
who has just had a son. The king wants his son to know all the knowledge
of the world in order to rule with wisdom and be a good king. So the king tells his wisest wisemen
to go out and sum up all the knowledge of the world into a book
. And the wise men
say, "Oh king, it will take us 10 years to do such a thing, but we will go."
The wisemen return ten years later and give the king the book of all the knowledge in the world. It was beautiful--gilded pages and leather bound. It was truly glorious thing to behold.
The king is very happy. And then he tells them, "You have done so very well, my wisemen. I have another task for you--I want you to sum up all the knowledge of the world into one sentence."
And the wisemen say, "Oh king, it would take us 10 years to do such a thing, but we will go."
The wisemen go, and return ten years later. They approach the king and say, "Your majesty, we have gone out into the world and wondered and worked and have summed up all the knoweldge of the world into one sentence. It is: This too shall pass."
And the king was merry with such news. He contemplated this sentence for a while, then, since he didn't have anything else to do with his wisemen, he sent them out to sum up all the knowledge into one word.
The wisemen said, "Oh king--this is a hard task indeed. It will take us 10 years to finish such a task."
And they left.
And another ten years passed and the wisemen returned. The king was old at this point, and a bit forgetful. The wisemen said, "We have returned oh king!"
And the king said, "Returned, eh? Ohhhh... Returned with the word, I see! What is it!?"