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Our Perceptions

Good or Bad?


One day a farmer went to the field and found that his horse had run away. The people in the village said, "Oh, what bad luck!" The next day the horse returned with two other horses and the village people said, "What good fortune!" Then the farmer's son was thrown from one of the horses and broke his leg, the villagers expressed their sympathy, "How unfortunate." Soon after, a war broke out and young men from the village were being drafted. But because the farmer's son had a broken leg, he was the only one not drafted. Now the village people told the farmer that his son's broken leg was really "good luck."


-Thich Nhat Hanh

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