The Farmer and His Horse

There was once an old farmer in a small village, and one morning his horse jumped the fence and ran away. This man was said to be a man of Tao, and had a keen insight into the universe and how life worked.

All his neighbours and friends and family came over to give him their condolences about his lost horse. The farmer was completely non-plussed. They all gathered around, “Oh it’s such a shame about your horse….”

“May be,” said the farmer.

About a week later, just as the sun was coming over the hills on the horizon, the farmer’s horse returned, bringing back a wild stallion with it. The village all gathered again at the farmers home to celebrate his good fortune, “How lucky of you, your horse came back with a wild stallion….”

“May be,” said the farmer.

The next morning, the farmer’s son was training the stallion, and was bucked off and broke his leg. All the villagers couldn’t help but gossip at the misfortune of the poor old farmer, “It’s really too bad about your son’s leg….”

“May be,” said the farmer.

A few days later the conscription officers arrived at the village, to recruit boys for the military, and of course couldn’t recruit a boy with a broken leg. All the villagers had to comment on how lucky he had actually been, “Well look how things have turned out….”

“May be,” said the farmer….


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6 Responses to The Farmer and His Horse

  1. rococonnor says:

    This is one of my favourite stories from the whole Taoist-Buddhist canon… thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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  5. Thomas Ross says:

    Yes, also one of my favorite stories. There is nothing so bad that good can’t come of it. And I know that the converse is true as well. Change is our only constant. But what would life be like if somehow that wasn’t the case?

    A great post!

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