Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Silver Lining of the Bush Administration

The Wash Park Prophet reminds us that good can come of bad, even in something like the Bankruptcy Bill.

Consider the parable of the barbarian horse (From notes of Tao te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell)

A poor farmer's horse ran off into the country of the barbarians. All his neighbors offered their condolences, but his father said, "How do you know that this isn't good fortune?" After a few months the horse returned with a barbarian horse of excellent stock. All his neighbors offered their congratulations, but his father said, "How do you know that this isn't a disaster?" The two horses bred, and the family became rich in fine horses. The farmer's son spent much of his time riding them; one day he fell off and broke his hipbone. All his neighbors offered the farmer their condolences, but his father said, "How do you know that this isn't good fortune?" Another year passed, and the barbarians invaded the frontier. All the able-bodied youg men were conscripted, and nine-tenths of them died in the war. Thus good fortune can be disaster and vice versa. Who can tell how events will be transformed?

It doesn't mean that you just sit back and let events unfold, but is rather a matter of attitude, of looking for and building on the positive aspects of something seemingly disastrous.

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