My good friend “Heshy P” introduced me to this Chinese parable. Along with the fisherman’s parable, it has become one of my favourites.
We make meaning out of everything, even this parable. What will you make it mean? To me, it means that everything is neutral. Next time something supposedly good or bad happens, say “We’ll see”.
Once upon a time, there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbours came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically, “you must be so sad.”
“We’ll see,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it two other wild horses.
“How wonderful,” the neighbours exclaimed! “Not only did your horse return, but you received two more. What great fortune you have!”
“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbours again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Now your son cannot help you with your farming,” they said. “What terrible luck you have!”
“We’ll see,” replied the old farmer.
The following week, military officials came to the village to conscript young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Such great news. You must be so happy!”
The man smiled to himself and said once again.
I consider myself like the cross between a monk and an accountant. The monk sounds a lot like the above parable. The accountant will help you apply it in a practical and useful way.
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