Jesse C. - A Discourse on the Epistemological Standpoint of Modern Day Universities
I hope you enjoyed that title. This will have nothing to do with it. Here is a story that I feel personally drawn to:
One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he let his horse loose to go to the mountains and live out the rest of its life.
Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences, and said, “What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are! You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?” The farmer replied, “Who knows? We shall see.”
Two days later the old horse came back, rejuvenated after meandering on the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve younger, healthier horses that followed the old horse into the corral.
Word got out in the village of the old farmer’s good fortune and it wasn’t long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. “How fortunate you are!” they exclaimed. You must be very happy!” Again, the farmer said, “Who knows? We shall see.” At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer’s only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but was thrown to the ground and broke his leg. One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer’s latest misfortune. “Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won’t be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You’ll have to do all the work yourself. How will you survive? You must be very sad,” they said. Calmly going about his usual business, the farmer answered, “Who knows? We shall see.”
Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor’s men arrived in the village demanding that the young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor’s army. As it happened, the farmer’s son was deemed unfit to serve the Emperor because of his broken leg. “What very good fortune you have!!” the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away to battle. “You must be very happy.” “Who knows? We shall see,” replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone.
As time went on, the broken leg healed, but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. “Oh what bad luck,” they said. “Too bad for you!” But the old farmer simply replied, “Who knows? We shall see.”
As it turned out, the other young village boys all died in the war, and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said, “Oh how fortunate we are. You must be very happy.” To this, the old farmer replied, “Who knows? We shall see!”
Here are some of my favorite Kung-Fu Panda Quotes (Half of them are probably from Oogway)
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift- that’s why they call it the present.” - Master Oogway
“Your story may not have such a happy beginning but that does not make you who you are. It is the rest of it - who you choose to be.” - Shen’s Soothsayer
“Your mind is like water, my friend. When it gets agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” - Master Oogway
‘Don’t push past memories deeper inside of yourself. Let those memories breathe and let old wounds heal.” - Po
“There are no accidents.” - Master Oogway
“Once I realized that the problem was not you but within me, I found inner peace and was able to harness the flow of the universe.” Master Shifu
“To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.” - Mr. Ping
“There is just news. There is no good or bad.” - Master Oogway
“Time is an illusion. There is only the now.” - Master Shifu
“Before the battle of the fist comes the battle of the mind… then the dramatic entrance.” - Master Shifu
“There is always something more to learn, even for a master.” - Master Oogway
“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than who you are.” Master Shifu
Inspirational Quotes from 3 Idiots (All of them are from Rancho)
“This is a college, not a pressure cooker! The lion in a circus learns that he needs to sit on the chair if his owner has a whip in his hand. But that lion is called well-trained, not well-educated." - Rancho.
"There is knowledge everywhere. Go get it from anywhere you can." - Rancho
“Pursue excellence and success will come chasing you. Pants down.” - Rancho
“Cramming may get you past 4 years in college but it will screw your next 40 years.”-Rancho
“Make your passion your profession and work will become a play/game” - Rancho
This heart scares easily. You have to trick it- however big the problem is. Tell your heart, 'Pal, all is well. All is well.' - Rancho