Tuesday, January 16, 2007

[fable] Good news, bad news

Once there was a man who bred horses. One day, his best stallion ran away -- no where to be found.

His neighbors heard the news, and came by to give their condolences. But the man wasn't a bit bothered, "It's okay, may not be so bad".

Two weeks later, the stallion returned to the ranch, and bringing with him, the most beautiful mare that anyone had ever seen.

His neighbors heard the news, and came by to give their congratulations. But the man wasn't a bit excited, "Well, it's not necessarily a good thing ..."

A month went by, the man's son grew very fond of the mare and rode her everyday. One day, the mare suddenly turned mad and threw the son off her back, breaking both his legs. The injury was so bad, that it would take months to heal.

His neighbors heard the news, and came by to give their condolences. But the man just shrugged it off, "We'll see, may be good news yet". The neighbors thought, "He really lost it this time!"

Three months later, a war broke out. Soldiers were everywhere, drafting young men into the army. Everyone knew that new recruits going into the army, were almost certain to get killed. And everyone feared for their sons.

When the soldiers showed up at the man's doorstep demanding for the son, they saw that the son could barely walk. They sneered, and left.

The man watched them as they rode away. This time, he was all smiles.