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There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked
his crops for many years. One day his only horse ran away.
Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to share his sorrow.

"Such bad luck," they said.
The farmer replied, "Good news, Bad news - just the same."

The next morning the horse returned,
bringing with it three other wild horses.

"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Good news, Bad news - just the same," replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of
the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg.

The neighbors again came to offer their sympathies at his misfortune.
"Good news, Bad news - just the same," answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to
draft young men into the army. Seeing that the
son's leg was broken, they passed him by.

The neighbors congratulated
the farmer on how well things had turned out.

"Good news, Bad news - just the same," said the farmer.

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