Wednesday, July 16, 2008

 

No fortune

There was no fortune in my fortune cookie at lunch this afternoon.

I forget, is that good luck or bad?

Comments:
Plato would say it means the world is your oyster. A blank slate.
 
Bodhidharma would say that your path brought you to the brink of total enlightenment and asked you to embrace the Void and know the No Thingness of your true Being. But instead of realizing the riddle of the Universe you asked a question, 'is it good or bad?'
Don't expect your next chance at enlightenment to be so easy ;)
 
No fortune IS a fortune
 
It is what it is . . .
 
you actually eat those things? i thought thy were just something that came witht the meal like chopstix, napkin, or soy sauce
 
Good fortune and bad fortune are relative: One cannot exist without the other. Just as good cannot exist without evil, neither can one have 'good days' except in contrast to 'bad days.' The goal is not to find a state of unending joy, but rather to find an escape from the unending cycle of pain and bliss, suffering and joy, good days and bad. By this standard, no fortune is the best fortune one could wish for.
 
Me thinks you're probably in deep kimchee.
 
:) Usually, no news is good news.
 
you actually eat those things? i thought thy were just something that came witht the meal like chopstix, napkin, or soy sauce

It's funny, according to some show on the food network, fortune cookies were actually invented in San Francisco and were first served with tea at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Only recently has China begun to import "authentic American fortune cookies."
 
Maybe Ed Denson ate your fortune.
 
Could be true about the Japanese Tea Garden in SFO. Used to go there when I visited my aunt and we would go there and I liked the fortune cookes, but they were not served at other Japanese restaurants we went to. I think the last time I went there they were serving cookies with almonds in the center that some restaurants serve instead of the fortune cookies. I was told by a Japanese man that if you didn't want that fortune to come true to not eat the cookie and I have done that ever since. Of course I don't think any of the fortunes came true even if I did eat the cookie. Still waiting for the lottery payoff.
 
sue 'em counselor
 
It means the next week will be really boring. -ED
 
It means you have no fortune and no future because you are a zombie.
Well, if not dead, at least brain dead.
 
Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?

"There are no misfortunes in life. There are only missed fortunes…"

There is an ancient Chinese story of a farmer who owned an old horse that till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Once again, the farmer's only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”
 
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