Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

That which we share is greater than that which divides us.


The Sand Mandala (Tibetan: དཀྱིལ་འཁོར།, Wylie: dkyil ‘khor; Chinese: 沙坛城; pinyin: Shā Tánchéng) is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically dismantled once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.(2)(3)

The Story of the Chinese Farmer (1)

Once upon a time, there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse. Ran away. And all the neighbors came around that evening and said, ‘That’s too bad.’

And the farmer said, ‘Maybe.’

The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it, and all the neighbors came around and said, ‘Why, that’s great, isn’t it?!’

And he said, ‘Maybe.’“

The next day his son was attempting to tame one of these horses and was riding it, and was thrown and broke his leg. And all the neighbors came around in the evening and said, “Well, that’s too bad, isn’t it?’

And he said, ‘Maybe.’

And the next day the conscription officers came around looking for people for the army and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. And all the neighbors came around that evening and said, ‘Isn’t that wonderful?’
And the farmer said, ‘Maybe.’

Because you never know what will be the consequences of a misfortune. Or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.”


“Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.”(5)


Tell Me a Story: Here is another story; A Story of Religion


Dear Reader: Tell me one of your stories in the comments section below.

 Charles Clanton Rogers               February 16, 2016


(1) The story of The Chinese Farmer was given to me by bbnewsUnknown-4


(3) SandBy Mai Le from San Francisco, CA, USA – Flickr, CC BY 2.0,




One thought on “Tell Me a Story: The Chinese Farmer

  1. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Charles,
    Cool pink graphic. I teach about China.
    Janice (Marion)

    Liked by 1 person

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