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Going a little too fast, he brakes at the gate to the university parking lot and parks next to Building C. Sighing, he steps out of his old Peugeot. The fight with his wife that morning hangs over him like a dark cloud. Things have been difficult between the two of them lately. One thing is certain, however: both of them are stressed out, their relationship stretched to the breaking point. The fights are more frequent and the reasons grow ever more trivial. This time however, it is war. Because he was behaving oddly, his wife had accused him of having feelings for someone else. He can't deny the feelings, but her accusations of anything more than that are patently not true. At the faculty party, he only danced with the other woman for one song, 'Every little thing she does is magic'. He tosses his cigarette butt on the ground and stamps on it several times, and tries to shake off his bad mood. He knows that later he will need to be ready to stand in front of his students, in front of her. Sting's song rings in his ears and he thinks back to last Friday night. He quickly walks through the building, to lecture hall B1.

Chapter 1: Wise Words, Wise Deeds

"Murphy, Murphy!" he hears a trembling voice call.

He gives a start, looks up and sees his colleague Janssens running towards him. "It's about Jennifer," calls Janssens, out of breath. Murphy gets a bad feeling in the pit of his stomach.

This is already a typical 'Murphy's law' day, one in which everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. He really can't take much more of this. Not early on a Monday, and certainly not after a weekend like that. The news hits him like a bomb!

A sharp feeling of panic disturbs his thoughts. He has collected so much knowledge over the years, but what sort of use can his knowledge be for his students at this time? How can he be of support to them? How can he be of support to himself? He had prepared notes for today's lecture - comparing the different axioms of Riemann's with Euclid's. The lecture was to close with the conclusion that, in geometry, several truths can co-exist alongside one another. But what is he...

He gives a start as he realizes that he is in Japan, in the city of Kobe, with the famous Master Yamada. The Zen Master is busy with the art of pouring tea. He pours Murphy a big cup of tea but, oddly enough, keeps on pouring long after the cup is full.

How long has Yamada been pouring?, wonders Murphy. He has no idea how long he has been lost in thought. Now firmly back in reality, he can't restrain himself and stammers, "The cup is overflowing. You really won't get any more in!"

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