This Is Good

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 14, 1990

An old story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, “This is good!”

One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!” To which the king replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way.

As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. “You were right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off.” And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. “And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”

“No,” his friend replied, “This is good!” “What do you mean,’This is good’? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?” “If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you.”

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  1. awax1217 said:

    A good story. It reminds me of the Chinese one of long ago. A cripple was born in the village and all felt sorry for him. But when the enemy came they left him behind and took all the other able men for slave labor. He was lucky to be crippled. Because he was the last man in the village he had all the woman as wife’s. This made him unlucky for they drove him crazy. Being crazy he did not think he was crippled and tried to swim in the river. He was unlucky cause he could not swim. But he was lucky that the crocodile eat him before he drown.


  2. that is a wonderful story….and “this is good”


  3. mrdodd said:

    This was good. LoL, someone had to say it 😀


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