Buddhist monks were raising up a long pole. They had a long measuring tape handy too. They would raise up the pole and climb over each other, with the guy on top holding the tape. Then, they would attempt to get to the top of the pole. In the effort of climbing, they would fall down in a huge pile, time and again. They continued this for quite sometime. Then a British came by and asked, ''Hey people, what are you up to?''
One monk answered, ''We are trying to measure the height of pole''
The British suggested, ''Why don't you just put the pole on the ground and measure it before raising it up?''
''You stupid!'', the monk retorted, ''We want to measure the height of the pole...not its length!!!''