Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. His neighbors said sympathetically, “Such bad luck!”
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “What great luck!” the neighbors exclaimed.
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” replied the farmer.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again offered their sympathy: “Who will help you on the farm? This is terrible!”
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” answered the farmer.
The next day, the emperor came through the region drafting all the young men into his army for his latest war. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how fortunate he was after all.
“Maybe yes, maybe no,” said the farmer…