Have you heard the story about the foolish farmer’s new horse? The story goes that one day in early spring, a farmer’s horse dies. The farmer needs a horse to pull his plow, so he goes to market to buy a new horse. There he meets a neighbor who says, “I have a promising yearling [adolescent horse] that will be up for sale in a month or two. Why not wait? The yearling will be much stronger and healthier than some old nag you’d buy here.” The farmer agrees.
A few months go by, and on the way to bring the yearling to market, the neighbor tells the (still horseless) farmer, “I have a foal—born just this season—that will be the strongest and healthiest of all my animals. Much stronger than this yearling if you wait a few more months.”
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