Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?

Video of this TEDx Talk is available here.

For 200,000 years humans have been accumulating wisdom. It’s even in our name: homo sapiens sapiens. The word “sapiens” comes from the Latin “sapient” meaning “to be wise.”

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And of all the ways we can accumulate wisdom, the most common, but not necessarily the most fun is through experience: the good and bad things that happened in our livesBut there are other ways to gain wisdom.

A more consistently enjoyable one is through storytelling. And not just any stories, but the stories that speak to our human condition and that tell us what our place is in this world.

I’m going to tell you one of those stories.

Its origin is unknown but it comes from the Taoist tradition so it could easily be more than 2,000 years old. And even though that’s about as old as stories get, this one is completely relevant to your life and how you can live in the future.

It’s a story of a farmer and his horse.

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