Horses and whatnots

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A wiseman once lost his horse. His neighbour was sympathetic or at least, eager to appear sympathetic. The wiseman replied placidly, ‘whether it is fortune or misfortune, we don’t know yet.’

Soon, the horse returned with another wild horse. The neighbour was envious. 'So lucky, one horse ran away and two returned!' The wiseman replied, 'whether it is fortune or misfortune, we don’t know yet.'

The wiseman’s son soon fractured his leg while riding the wild horse. The neighbour was, once again, sympathetic. ‘What a thing to happen to your only child!’ The wiseman replied, 'whether it is fortune or misfortune, we don’t know yet.'

Not long after, all the fit young men in the town were called on to be soldiers. In the battlefields, all of them died only. Only the wiseman’s son survived for he was rejected from the army as his leg was hurt.

Is this a fortune or misfortune? We don't know yet.

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