April 4, 2015

The Farmer With Only One Horse - Taoist Fable

In celebration of this hangover, I'll tell a story I once heard from a wise rabbit while traveling. 

It's my favorite fable...

So there was an old farmer who had only one horse. One day his horse ran away.
The neighbors heard the news and came to the house saying, "We're so sorry, this is terrible news! You must be so sad."
The farmer just replied, "We'll see."
Some days later his horse came back, but this time with 6 other horses. The farmer and his son corralled the horses and then they had 7.
The neighbors heard the news and came to the house saying, "This is great news; you must be so happy!"
The farmer replied, "We'll see."
Some days later the farmer's son was putting shoes on one of the new horses. The horse kicked him and broke his leg in a terrible way.
The neighbors heard the news and again came to the house saying, "We heard about your only son. This is terrible news!"
The farmer again replied, "We'll see."
Soon after the country got involved in a war. The conscripts came to the village and drafted all the young men to fight. It was terrible war and all the young men died, except for the farmer's son whose broken leg prevented him from being drafted. 
After the war, when none of the neighbor's sons came home they went to the farmers house and said, "Congratulations, for you this is such good news! You're very lucky."
The farmer just said, "We'll see."

1 comment:

  1. Nice. I like the fable. I'm new to your blog and I'm enjoying what I've read so far

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