Old story

As Trump lurches towards his inauguration I'm reminded of an old chinese story, much repeated. An ancient sage was sitting by his hut when an excited young man rushed up to him and said, "Some wild horses have come to the village. Everyone's running around capturing them! Isn't that great!" The sage answered: "It could be good, it could be bad. Who knows?" The young man shook his head and left. The next day the young man rushed up to the sage again. "Your son just got thrown from one of the horses he was trying to train. He broke his arm. That's a tragedy!" The sage looked up and said: "It could be good, it could be bad. Who knows?" The young man walked off, shaking his head. The next day the young man didn't come. Instead an old woman hobbled up to see the sage. She said, "This morning the Emperor's soldiers came to the village. They took away the horses and all the young men to fight in the war. They left your son behind, though, because he had a broken arm." We may want to consider this message at such a difficult time.