How can you tell if an event is good or bad?

There once was a man who lived near a village. This man owned 7 horses. One day, his seven horses ran away.

The towns-people came to the man and said, “oh, how unfortunate for you.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day, his seven horses had returned, but now they were eight. The towns-people came to the man and said “wow! what luck!”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day the man’s son was riding one of the horses, when he was thrown off and broke his leg. The towns-people came to the man and said, “What a tragedy.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

The next day a draft was issued and all able bodied sons were forced to go to war. The towns-people came to the man and said, “how fortunate you are that your son’s leg is broken and he is home and safe.”

The man replied, “Maybe.”

Moral of the story: Live as though nothing circumstantial is viewed as an advantage or disadvantage in life. Live in the present.

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