Why oh why can’t this dream come true?

Gore.jpg I couldn’t help hoping, like so many other people, that in light of the Nobel Peace Prize he might re-consider, but this Time piece is so convincing.

The reasons are so sound, I actually get it, but damnit, I want him to run.

I went to the Draft Gore website and signed the petition anyway, because I think the reasons for his running are equally sound. I wish I could find a copy of this Buddha story I love. It would be so appropriate now. It was re-told on the TV show Northern Exposure. I was thinking, well, maybe if the worst thing happens, and we all go to hell in a handbasket, it might end up being the best thing for the world in general. A better nation may rise elsewhere, for instance. There’s no way of knowing. Something that seems so awful today may end up being the best thing that could have happened. Oh! I found the Northern Exposure version of the story.

My uncle once told me about a warrior who had a fine stallion. Everybody said how lucky he was to have such a horse.

Maybe, he said.

One day the stallion ran off. The people said the warrior was unlucky.

Maybe, he said.

The next day, the stallion returned, leading a string of fine ponies. The people said it was very lucky.

Maybe, the warrior said.

Later, the warrior’s son was thrown from one of the ponies and broke his leg. The people said it was unlucky.

Maybe, the warrior said.

The next week, the chief led a war party against another tribe. Many young men were killed. But, because of his broken leg, the warrior’s son was left behind, and so was spared.

There’s just no way of knowing. Don’t get too attached to your feeling that something is good or bad, and be like the warrior. Go with the flow, as they say. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel good or bad about things, but part of you should be aware of the wisdom in the above story.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Why oh why can’t this dream come true?

  1. I have always loved this story too. I am sure there is an illustrated children’s book of it… Must make a trip to the bookstore 🙂
    Ah yes. The dilemna that is Al Gore. Sometimes I think the quicker the planet kills us all off the better, so it can find some nicer inhabitants that will take better care of it. But, Gore as President would just be so, so very nice after the torture of the last, ugh, how many years have we survived Bush/Cheney???

  2. I would be so happy if Gore was president. I would honestly feel hope I think. That we could start turning a few things around (global warming) and start repairing our relationships with the rest of the world.

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