The story of the Chinese farmer

 In the dance we call life, some things appear too good and some things that appear bad. We look at something that is occurring at the moment, take a snapshot of it, and we make a judgment, but everything is in flow, so what seems to be good, might not be good in the end, and vice versa. 

A story shared by the beautiful Alan watts. 

Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse, ran away. All the neighbours came round that evening and said, “That’s too bad,” and he said, “Maybe.” The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it. All the neighbours came around and said, “Why that’s great, isn’t it?” He said, “Maybe.”

The next day his son was attempting to tame one of these horses and was riding it and was thrown and broke his leg. All the neighbours came round in the evening and said, “Well, that’s too bad, isn’t it?” The farmer said, “Maybe.”

The next day the conscription officers came around looking for people in the Army, and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. All the neighbours came around in the evening and said, “Isn’t that wonderful,” and he said, “Maybe.”

The process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad, because you never know what will be the consequences of misfortune or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.

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Alexia x

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