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Break that fucking stick... (48.48)

Wendy: What do you do when there's no play to be made? When no matter what you choose, it'll end in disaster?

Jack Foley: Classic double-bind. There's a Zen koan where the teacher holds a stick. He says to his student, "If you tell me this stick is real, "I will beat you with it. "If you tell me it is not real, I will beat you with it. If you say nothing, I will beat you with it." And so, the student reaches out, grabs the stick, and breaks it. If a situation is untenable, Mrs. Rhoades, you break that fucking stick.

kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement which is used in Zen practice to provoke the "great doubt" and to practice or test a student's progress in Zen.