Did I miss something? Is my lack of knowledge of religion preventing me from "seeing" the witty and insightful nature of this story?
Maybe? I'll admit that the story sounds relatively superficial. It sounds like though, that you're kind of frustrated that The Abbot meets an abrupt end before "finding an answer." I have a reply kind of focused around that frustration, but it's a bit of a tangent. Would you mind if I shared?