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[–] crazy_eyes 9 points 124 points (+133|-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 47 points (+51|-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 27 points (+27|-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.