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  • A boy was born in an affluent land. His parents loved him and provided him with everything he could want. As he grew up he took all the opportunities to succeed that his society afforded. He was fit and intelligent, and easily got on.

    But he had a hollow core.

    He met a beautiful woman and with her had a beautiful daughter, uniting two families in joy. They lived together in a wonderful house and were happy together.

    After some time he found that he shared a sense with his wonderful and intelligent wife that there could be more, but they carried on regardless.

    One day, having successfully overcome many challenges, rising in seniority and respect in his path, he realised that he had no further quest or purpose. Nowhere to go and no one asking him to do so.

    He stumbled, and for the first time his path seemed to offer only continuous and pointless tasks, mundane and repetative, no longer challenging. He was bemused, he was following the path he’d always followed, but it was no longer the same.

    Then he realised that he was not really following a path of his own making at all. He had spent his life going where he had been led. He looked around. He tried to go on, then he tried to take a different route. But all paths were blocked. He had nowhere else to go and started to wonder how much strength he had left to go on with.
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