I read out a hacker koan to my little brother and he said "that sounds like something a boomer nerd would come up with." 😹

A kōan is a very short story intended to provoke thought and contemplation for students of Zen Buddhism.
A hacker koan is an appropriation of this idea into hacker folklore, using the medium to express computing wisdom.
It might be better if you read actual Zen kōan first but here are a few classics:

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