[–] crazy_eyes 9 points 125 points (+134|-9) ago 

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

The moral of this story, is, of course, that no event, in and of itself, can truly be judged as good or bad, lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate, but that only time will tell the whole story. Additionally, no one really lives long enough to find out the ‘whole story,’ so it could be considered a great waste of time to judge minor inconveniences as misfortunes or to invest tons of energy into things that look outstanding on the surface, but may not pay off in the end.

The wiser thing, then, is to live life in moderation, keeping as even a temperament as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Life is much more comfortable and comforting if we merely accept what we’re given and make the best of our life circumstances. Rather than always having to pass judgement on things and declare them as good or bad, it would be better to just sit back and say, “It will be interesting to see what happens.”

[–] Laurentius_the_pyro 4 points 48 points (+52|-4) ago  (edited ago)

The wiser thing, then, is to live life in moderation, keeping as even a temperament as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Life is much more comfortable and comforting if we merely accept what we’re given and make the best of our life circumstances. Rather than always having to pass judgement on things and declare them as good or bad, it would be better to just sit back and say, “It will be interesting to see what happens.”

Extreme problems require extreme solutions, the world only got this bad because previous generations were not willing to be extreme, because they preferred to be comfortable than to make hard decisions.

[–] clubberlang 0 points 28 points (+28|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The word you were looking for was complacent

[–] middle_path 7 points 4 points (+11|-7) ago 

And what hard decisions have you made, internet tough guy?

[–] NotALawyer 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago  (edited ago)

I disagree.

World only got this good because previous generations sat back and just did what they could at any given moment.

Average citizen of first world countries lives considerably better than a medieval King ever did, let that one sink in.

[–] crazy_eyes 3 points 3 points (+6|-3) ago 

I dont think the cause was that they were not willing to be extreme

[–] Thereunto 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

temper fortune and misfortune with mindfulness

The middle path, in Buddhism.

[–] middle_path 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Never heard of it.

[–] Jewed 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

How are they faring with the world's Muslims?

[–] Civil_Warrior 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Good for the individual, worthless for nation building.

[–] rektumsempra 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I'm familiar with this story as an explanation of zen, but what exactly makes it relevant in this specific thread?

[–] HndrxMn 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Philip Toshio Sudo wrote a great book called Zen Guitar that discussed this. When it appears overwhelming in the small frame, look at the bigger picture and when the bigger picture appears overwhelming, narrow your focus to the small things. Our country and the world at large is experiencing a general upheaval due to certain asshats who have sold their soul to attain power. In times like these where a singular force -relatively- is against the many, building each other up in the small scale is a far greater weapon against evil. I know a lot of folks here on Voat abhor Christianity , but Jesus Christ summed it up best when the pharisees asked what is the greatest commandment; "Love God and love your neighbor" (I'm speaking of true Christianity by the way, not this milquetoast version you see in most churches these days; Law must coincide with the Gospel). The opposing force wants us divided. They want us tearing each other down. They want to foment unrest. A house divided cannot stand.

[–] TheTrigger 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

but what exactly makes it relevant in this specific thread?

He's basically saying the wordy-nerd version of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygr5AHufBN4

[–] Intrixina 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That's an awesome mindset to have.

[–] zyklon_b 10 points 75 points (+85|-10) ago 

JEWS DID 9/11

[–] Goys-R-Us 5 points 43 points (+48|-5) ago 

Found a builder!!!

[–] zyklon_b 8 points 42 points (+50|-8) ago 

ima build a real gas chamber..

[–] NeedleStack 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

Voat would never be the same without you. :)

[–] zyklon_b 6 points 7 points (+13|-6) ago 

E-THUGGIN IS MORE THAN JUST A HOBBY IS A LIFESTYLE

[–] recon_johnny 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Of course they did.

[–] spaceman84 4 points 2 points (+6|-4) ago 

HI, I'M GEORGE ZIMMER, FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MEN'S WEARHOUSE. 9/11 WAS A LIE. THERE WERE NO TOWEL HEADS. THERE WAS NO AIRPLANE. IN TRUTH I WAS VISITING THE BIG APPLE, SO AS TO COMPARE MY GARGANTUAN MEAT TRAIN TO IT AND LAUGH AT THE GASPING NEW YORKERS AS I POUNDED THEIR BELOVED NAMESAKE INTO BIG APPLE SAUCE. HAVING NOT GOTTEN RELEASE FROM MY CULINARY EXERCISE, I MEANDERED DOWN THE STREET WITH MY VITAL BLOOD ENGORGED SEWER PIPE OUT IN FRONT OF ME LIKE A BLIND MAN'S CANE, LOOKING FOR A HOLE IN THE BACKSIDE OF A WOMAN WHICH I WOULD STRETCH BEYOND HUMAN LIMITS. I SPOTTED AT THAT VERY MOMENT AN ATTRACTIVE FEMALE IN A MINISKIRT WAVING AT ME. I SLAPPED HER TO THE GROUND WITH MY ENORMOUS PHALLUS AND QUICKLY RAVISHED HER SKIRT LIKE A STARVED DOG ON A BABY MADE OF STEAK. THE SIGHT THAT AWAITED BOTH SHOCKED AND ENRAGED ME. AFTER SEEING THIS "WOMAN'S" RAISIN-SIZED WINKY WINKLER, I VOMITED DOWN HIS THROAT AND PENETRATED HIS ESOPHAGUS, RIPPED OUT HIS SPINE AND PEELED HIS CORPSE FROM MY MONEYMAKER. TO TEACH ALL OF NEW YORK A LESSON FOR LETTING THIS FLAMING FAG BAG LIVE, I LET LOOSE A SEMENAL FLOOD OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS UPON THE TOWERS OF TWO (AT WHOM'S SMALL SIZE I LAUGHED LIKE A CLOWN RAPING AN 8 YEAR OLD), WHICH CAUSED THEM TO COME CRASHING DOWN LIKE ME AFTER A WEEKEND METH BINGE. I MOCKED THE NEW YORKERS AND MADE NIGGER JOKES AS THEY RAN FROM MY EVER EXPANDING CLOUD OF SPERMAZOA, MASTURBATING TO THE LOOKS OF HORROR ON THEIR FACES. THE GOVERNMENT, IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE FACE AND BECAUSE THEY HATE ARABS MORE THAN JEWS, PAINTED A BOEING 767 ON MY GIGANTIC COCK AND CALLED IT A TERRORIST ATTACK. THE FEELING OF PAINTBRUSHES ON MY DICK MADE ME COME AGAIN, AND PRESIDENT BUSH SNORTED UP EVERY LAST DROP BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS COKE. SUDDENLY, HE CRIED OUT, "WHAT'S THAT AMAZING SMELL?" THEN A GROSSLY OBESE NEGRO POPPED OUT FROM BEHIND THE BURNING, TWISTED WRECKAGE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTERS AND QUIPPED, "THAT'S THE POWER OF PINE-SOL!" DISPLEASED AT HER INTERRUPTION OF MY DEVASTATING SODOMY CONQUEST, YET SIMULTANEOUSLY ODDLY AROUSED BY A SUB-HUMANS DEFIANCE IN THE FACE OF MY TITANIC MEAT MONOLITH, I GRABBED THE NEGRESS BY HER ARMS AND INSERTED MY BATTLE CRUISER OF PASSION INTO THE ROILING WAVES OF FAT WHICH OBSCURED HER VAGINAL CLEFT. SHE SCREAMED INDECHIPHERABLY IN EBONICS, SO TO SHUT HER UP I POURED ALL THE CONTENTS OF THE PINE-SOL BOTTLE DOWN HER THROAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CHEMICALS IN THE LIQUID COMBINED WITH MY UNEARTHLY SUPER-SEMEN TO FORM A HIGHLY UNSTABLE AND EXPLOSIVE MIXTURE OF PURE POWER. JUST BEFORE THE FAT NEGRESS BLEW APART AS A RESULT OF THE INCREDIBLE CHEMICAL REACTION, MY MOTHER GOT SCARED AND SAID, "YOU'RE MOVING WITH YOUR AUNTIE AND UNCLE IN BEL-AIR." I WHISTLED FOR A CAB AND WHEN IT CAME NEAR, THE LICENSE PLATE SAID 'FRESH' AND IT HAD DICE IN THE MIRROR. IF ANYTHING I COULD SAY THAT THIS CAB WAS RARE, BUT I THOUGHT, 'NAH, FORGET IT, YOU HOLMES, TO BEL-AIR!" I PULLED UP TO THE HOUSE ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT AND I YELLED TO THE CABBY, YO HOLMES, SMELL YA LATER!" I LOOKED AT MY KINGDOM, I WAS FINALLY THERE, TO SIT ON MY THRONE AS THE PRINCE OF BEL-AIR. ONCE I ENTERED MY NEW, PALATIAL ABODE (ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE, WORTHY OF MY INCALCULABLY HUGE MEAT MISSILE) I IMMEDIATELY SWEPT MY NEW FOSTER PARENTS ASIDE AND HEADED FOR THE ROOM OF THEIR YOUNG NIECE. YOU SEE, I JUST SPENT THE LAST TWENTY MINUTES RUBBING A TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL'S BARE CHEST. "HOW?" YOU ASK. WELL APPARENTLY THERE ARE A SELECT FEW CONTEXTS WITHIN WHICH SUCH AN ACTION IS ACCEPTABLE. FOR INSTANCE, IF YOUR NIECE HAS A HACKING COUGH AND YOUR SISTER ASKS YOU TO "PUT SOME OF THIS ON HER" WHILE SHE CALLS THE DOCTOR. "PUTTING SOME OF THIS ON HEAR" MEANT USING MY BARE HANDS TO RUB THIS VAPOR OINTMENT SHIT ALL OVER HER BARE NAKED CHEST. MY HEARTBEAT IS STILL ALL ERRATIC FROM IT. I HAD A BONER THE SIZE OF MANHATTAN THE ENTIRE TIME. SHE'S SLEEPING NOW AND I GUESS SHE FEELS BETTER BECAUSE SHE STOPPED COUGHING. DETAILS: SHE'S ABOUT 5 FEET TALL, HAS LONG BROWN HAIR, A CUTE FACE, A THIN WAIST AND LONG SKINNY LEGS. SHE'S IN JAMMIES I THINK BECAUSE ALTHOUGH I'M PRETTY SHAKEN UP RIGHT NOW I KNOW I UNBUTTONED SOMETHING BEFORE I WENT AT IT. GOD I FEEL SO GREAT. I JUST RUBBED MY HANDS LAL OVER HER FUCKING TITS, YOU GUYS. WELL THE PUFFY PARTS OF HER CHEST ANYWAY. HER NIPPLES GOT HARD. I JUST ABOUT WEPT TEARS OF JOY. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE VERY FEW THINGS IN THIS UNIVERSE WHICH CAN BRING ME TO SUCH A STATE, AND COMBINED WITH MY INCREDIBLE STATE OF AROUSAL, I WAS UNABLE TO HOLD BACK THE STORM BREWING IN MY COLOSSAL PUDDING BLASTER. MY STEAMING-HOT SILVER LAVA BLASTED OUT FURIOUSLY, INSTANTLY KILLING MY UNFORTUNATE YOUNG COUSIN AND REDUCING MY NEW HOME TO BLASTED BITS AND PIECES OF WOODEN DETRITUS. I GUARANTEE IT.

[–] OricaTonithos 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

TIL:

Gilbert Godfrey has a voat account.

[–] waterniggas 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

squints at textwall

[–] Anarchy99 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'll bet you are circumcised

[–] WeekendBaker 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don’t regret reading this.

[–] goatboy 1 points 52 points (+53|-1) ago 

Here I sit all broken-hearted,

Trying to shitpost,

But only retarded.

[–] Battlefat 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Humor is inherent to the profound, it just needs a little nudge sometimes so thank you

[–] Pubiclouse 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Upgoated that's how I feel right now.

[–] TheTrigger 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The more I read through this whole thread, the more I'm starting to think you're right.

[–] revfelix 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Retardation arguably makes you eminently qualified to shitpost.

[–] lets_get_hyyerr 1 points 32 points (+33|-1) ago 

It will only get harder for Voat, at least for the foreseeable future. People, the media. TPTB, jews, you name it, are all attacking Voat.

@Puttitout, we support you but make sure you never loose the ability to differentiate between those who are artificially here to tear this place down and those who are the genuine, real goats.

This place will be incredibly important during 2020 and thereafter. We must protect Voat.

[–] Le_Squish 0 points 36 points (+36|-0) ago 

Voat was so peaceful during the government shut down.

[–] TheTrigger 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

It really did exemplify the vast number of shills we have around here.

[–] zxcvzxcv 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Can we arrange another shutdown?

[–] eyerighteye 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It was, wasn't it. Strange.

[–] offender 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It really activates the almonds

[–] waterniggas 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

lose, not loose

[–] clubberlang 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Metaphor?

[–] theBreadSultan 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago  (edited ago)

yea, just don't forget that those genuine, real goats, include 'lefties' like me

THE POLITCAL DICHOTOMY YOU ARE BEING SOLD IS A LIE

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PEOPLE CHIPPING IN TO PAY FOR THINGS THEY AGREE THEY WANT IS NOT THEFT

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JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE MSM IS BULLSHIT, DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE YOU IMMUNE

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MILITIAS EQUIPED WITH SMALL ARMS, OFFER NO COUNTER TO DRONES AND DENIAL OF ALL UTILITIES

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ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE DISRUPTIVE, THIS IS BEING RESISTED

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MSM ASKS YOU TO CONSIDER THE USE AND EFFECT OF THE INTERNET ON ELECTIONS.(((DISTRACTION))).

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IGNORING THAT THE INTERNET HAS THE CAPACITY TO RENDER ELECTIONS AND THE ENTIRE 'REPRESENTITIVE' SYSTEM REDUNDANT

[–] Locked_Account 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Fixed for you dear commiegoat:
PEOPLE CHIPPING IN TO PAY FOR THINGS WITH A GUN TO THEIR HEAD, REGARDLESS OF IF THEY WANT THE THINGS, IS NOT THEFT ACCORDING TO SOCIALIST TOTALITARIANISM

[–] lets_get_hyyerr 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Being a goat doesnt mean you're on the right or left. In fact, it doesnt matter at all what political party you identify as.

What makes you a goat are many things. In favor of free speech, discussing the reality of things. Speaking the truth about the things in life that need to be spoken about

[–] TimberWolfAlpha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

PEOPLE CHIPPING IN TO PAY FOR THINGS THEY AGREE THEY WANT IS NOT THEFT

People being forced to pay for things they don't want, IS theft.

[–] primaryappellation 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

[–] lemon11 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

This is a long and oblique way to tell somebody not to shit where they eat, while refusing to elaborate. Yes, it's true. But I'm not sure whether it's useful.

[–] Le_Squish 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

Putt posts in cryptic metaphor at least half the time.

[–] TheodoreKent 1 points 25 points (+26|-1) ago 

@Puttitout is Q confirmed.

[–] Broc_Lia 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Follow the plan

[–] TheTrigger 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

My guess is he's noticed Dial trying to rebuild a bot army, or someone pissed in his inbox this morning. Or someone's saying shit again that's gonna get voat slapped with a subpoena.

[–] waterniggas 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

probably the last one

[–] BB-3 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

There's definitely some subtext to the post, but I can't figure out what he's hinting at.

[–] Derpfroot 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

He wants us to buy Amway from him but won't ask directly. That's what I get from it.

[–] ginx2666 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Jews control USA.

Jews hate point blank truth.

Voat is registered in USA.

I'll leave you with that.

[–] EdSnowden 1 points 27 points (+28|-1) ago 

On her way to work one morning

Down the path alongside the lake

A tender-hearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake

His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew

“Oh well,” she cried, “I'll take you in and I'll take care of you”

“Take me in oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven's sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk

And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk

Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived

She found that pretty snake she'd taken in had been revived

“Take me in, oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven's sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You're so beautiful,” she cried

“But if I hadn't brought you in by now you might have died”

Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight

But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite

“Take me in, oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven's sake

Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“I saved you,” cried that woman

“And you've bit me even, why?

You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die”

“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin

“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in

”Take me in, oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven's sake

Take me in oh tender woman,“ sighed the snake.

-Al Wilson

[–] public_persuader 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I like this one best

[–] TheSeer 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

If only we knew who the snakes in society are.

[–] black_trash 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The story of European migrants.

[–] zxcvzxcv 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I read it 'jew' instead of 'snake'. It makes more sense that way.

[–] SparklingWiggle 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

A snake looks like a snake but a jew can shapeshift. The snake is honest. The Jew would have cried out in pain as he bit her.

[–] DietCokehead1 1 points 26 points (+27|-1) ago 


HITLER DID NOTHING WRONG

THE HOLOCAUST IS A HOAX

PIZZAGATE IS REAL

IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE

THE CIA KILLED JFK

NIGGERS ARE SUBHUMAN ANIMALS

FAT PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING

GAS THE KIKES

FEMINISM IS CANCER

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

THE DNC MURDERED SETH RICH

END THE FEDERAL RESERVE

WHITE GENOCIDE IS REAL

WE MUST SECURE THE EXISTENCE OF OUR PEOPLE AND A FUTURE FOR WHITE CHILDREN

THE JEWS DID 9/11

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

BILL CLINTON IS A RAPIST

RUTH BADER GINSBURG IS DEAD

THERE ARE ONLY TWO GENDERS

SUBSCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE

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There. I did my part. Love voat.co <3

[–] 1quickdub 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

The second protects the first, all gun laws are infringements

[–] antiliberalsociety 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

@TexasVet IS A FRAUD

There, now it's complete.

[–] slumbermachine 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Ahh, if only your red pills hadn’t stopped at the jews... so much more to wake up to.

[–] dontdoxxmefaggots 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

Is Thursday going to have a poetry thread stickied like the Friday night guitar thread?

[–] think- 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Not a bad idea, lol.

@sandhog

[–] SandHog 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Haha! I already have so much responsibility with the the Friday Afternoon realTheDonaldGuitar Thread that I don't think I would have the time to take on that as well.

[–] TheodoreKent 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Great idea!

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