A story is told of a king whose hobby was haunting. A week would not pass and he did not go for some hunting expedition. He always went with Jon, a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend has a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life-positive or negative – and will remark, “This is good!”.
One day, the king and his friend were out on one of those expedition. The friend loaded and prepared the gun for the king. He apparently did something wrong in the course, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and a terrifying and horrible experience rocked the hunters: the King’s thumb was blown off.
Examining the situation, Jon remarked as usually, “This is good!”. Writhing in agony, the king replied with firy anger, “No, this is NOT good!”. Consequently, he ordered his friend to be sent to jail to serve an indefinite term.
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Fierce-looking, spear-carrying primitive cannibals captured him and took him to their village which was located somewhere in the interior of an evergreen forest zone. They tied his hands and feet and bound him to a stake. As one of them drew near to set fire to the wood, marking the beginning of the roasting process, he had the opportunity to observe in detail the prey’s physical structure. He shouted suddenly “O!O!O! Very unfortunate for us”. The other cannibals cerebrating in the hut pricked their ears to catch the sad news. “He is not complete”, the reporter said disappointingly.
Being superstitious, the cannibals never ate anyone that was less than whole. They quickly untied him and sent him on his way.
No sooner had the king regained his freedom, he recalled the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He ordered for his immediate release.
The friend was brought before him and he spoke to him. “You were right, it was good that my thumb was blown off” he told his friend all that had just happened. “And so, i’m very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this,” the king concluded.
“No, his friend replied, “This is good.
“How do you mean?” Asked the king. “How could it be good that one sent one’s friend to jail for an indefinite period?”
Replied the friend, “If I had not been in jail, i would have been with you.”