The Master once asked one of the monks, “What keeps the earth from shooting out
into space, away from the sun?” The disciple answered, “The power of gravity in the
sun, Sir.” The Master then queried, “Then what keeps it from being drawn back into
the sun?” and the monk replied, “That’s its centrifugal force, Sir, which makes it want
to keep shooting out into space, away from the sun.”
The Master smiled significantly. Much later the monk recalled the conversation,
and realized that the Master was speaking in allegory of God and man.