Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

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Against Transcendentalism:
Monty Python's The Meaning
of Life and Buddhism

STEPHEN T. ASMA

John Cleese portrays a schoolmaster in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. One of his Bible readings to his congregadon of schoolboys goes like this:

And spotteth twice they the camels before the third hour. And
so the Midianites went forth to Ram Gilead in Kadesh
Bilgemath by Shor Ethra Regalion, to the house of Gash-Bil-
Betheul-Bazda, he who brought the butter dish to Balshazar
and the tent peg to the house of Rashomon, and there slew
they the goats, yea, and placed they the bits in little pots. Here
endeth the lesson.

Cleese then turns to his chaplain (Michael Palin) who rises to lead the congregation in prayer:

Let us praise God. Oh Lord, oooh you are so big. So absolute-
ly huge. Gosh, we're all really impressed down here I can tell
you. Forgive us, O Lord, for this dreadful toadying and
barefaced flattery. But you are so strong and, well, just so
super. Fantastic. Amen.

Headmaster Cleese then addresses the schoolboys with a series of general announcements, including the importance of “Empire Day, when we try to remember the names of all those from the

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