Good or bad, hard to say
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Subject: Good or bad
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 17:57:13 -0400
From: Piyush <piyush@...>
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Subject: good or bad, hard to say
Once upon a time, there was a king. The king liked
one of his followers very much because he was very
wise and always gave very useful advice. Therefore
the king took him along wherever he went.
One day, the king was bitten by a dog, the finger
was injured and the wound was getting worse. He
asked the follower if that was a bad sign. The
follower said, 'Good or bad, hard to say'. In the
end, the finger of the king was too bad that had to
be cut. The king asked the follower again if that
was a bad sign. Again, the follower gave the same
answer, 'Good or bad, hard to say'. The king became
very angry and sent the follower to prison.
One day, the king went hunting in the jungle. He
got excited when he was on the chase of a deer.
Deeper and deeper he went inside the jungle. In the
end he found himself lost in the jungle. To make
thing worse, he got captured by the native people
living inside the jungle. They wanted to sacrifice
him to their god. But when they noticed that the
king had one finger short, they released him
immediately as he was not a perfect man anymore and
not suitable for sacrifice.
The king managed to get back to his palace after
all. And he finally understood the follower's wise
quote, 'Good or bad, hard to say'. If he hadn't
lost one finger, he could have been killed by the
native people. He ordered to release the follower,
and apologized to him.
But to the king amazement, the follower was not mad
at him at all. instead, the follower said, 'It
wasn't a bad thing that you locked me up.' Why?
Because if the king hadn't locked the follower up,
he would have brought the follower along to the
jungle. If the native found that the king was not
suitable, they would have used the follower.
Again, the quote 'Good or bad, hard to say' stands.
The moral of the story is that for everything that
happens in this world, there is no absolute good or
bad. Sometimes good things turned out to be bad
things eventually, while bad things become a gain.
Whatever good things that happen to you, enjoy it,
but you don't have to hold on too tight to it,
treat it as a surprise in your life. Whenever bad
things happen to you, you don't have to feel too
sad or despair, for in the end, it might not be a
total bad thing after all.
If one can understand this, he or she will find
life much easier.