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Are omens true, as Paulo Coelho said in "The Alchemist"?

Asked by haridev (25points) 1 week ago

I recently read “The Alchemist”. It says to follow the good omen. Is it really possible to understand the good and bad omens? If it is possible then how?

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zenvelo's avatar

The book is a novel, not a guide to life.

If one believes in omens, them learning to differentiate between good omens and bad omens would be a life’s work.

Tell me, in this fable, which omen is good or bad:

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “May be,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “May be,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “May be,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “May be,” said the farmer.

gorillapaws's avatar

Omens aren’t real. They’re a product of human psychology assigning meaning to trivialities in order to justify actions they want to take, reinforced by confirmation bias.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Part of the plot in any novel is suspense ! The omen is part of the suspense for the novel.

doyendroll's avatar

I don’t wish to appear portentous but it may or may not be unlucky to be superstitious.

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