The Zen Master and the Little Boy

There was a little boy, and on his fourteenth birthday he gets a horse.
And everybody in the village says, “How wonderful, the boy got a horse!”
And the zen master says, “We’ll see.”

Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg.
And everybody in the village says, “How terrible!”
And the zen master says, “We’ll see.”

Then, a war breaks out, and all the young men have to go off and fight.
Except the boy can’t, because his leg’s all messed up.
And everybody in the village says, “How wonderful!”
And the zen master says, “We’ll see.”

— Adapted from ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’.

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