Shifting Frame Semantics

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The future has a way of arriving unannounced. – George F. Will

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Annie Spratt

Day One

A horse runs far away from a Chinese farmer's home. "Your horse ran away! What terrible luck!" the neighbors said to him.

"Maybe so, maybe not," the farmer replied calmly as ever.

Day Two

The horse returns the next morning with two other wild horses. "Your horse has fetched two wild horses for you from the jungle!" the neighbors shouted, "What great luck!".

"Maybe so, maybe not," replied the farmer.

Week One

Later that week, one among the horses threw the farmer's son to the ground that gave him a broken leg. "The horse broke your son's leg! What terrible luck!" the neighbors said to him.

"Maybe so, maybe not," replied the farmer.

Week Two

After some days, military officials came to the village to conscript young men into the military. They spared the farmer's son because of the leg injury. "They left your boy! What tremendous luck!" the neighbors said to him.

"Maybe so, maybe not," replied the farmer.

The story's moral is that events can't be immediately judged as good or bad as only time can tell the whole story.


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