When everybody is rich, nobody is rich

Lesson on relativity from Farmer & Horse with Professor Donna Quesada

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It is a fable about a farmer and his horse. The story has been widely told when Tao and Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is mentioned.

Professor Donna Quesada from Santa Monica College used it in a lecture on the Chinese philosophy of Taoism to illustrate how it sheds light on relativity. “When everybody is rich, nobody is rich,” she says.

To read the rustic story: Farmer & Horse

Good fortune has its roots in disaster,
and disaster lurks with good fortune.
Who knows why these things happen,
or when this cycle will end?
Good things seem to change into bad,
and bad things often turn out for good.
These things have always been hard to comprehend.

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching Chapter 58

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