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A Dumb Rabbit and A Dumber Farmer

Shirley Lee
Chinese Thought Pills
2 min readJun 18, 2018


In ancient China (more specifically in a part called Song back then), a farmer was… farming.

(He is a farmer. What else do you expect him to do.)

The farmer didn’t understand why people in the future would include owning a farm in their retirement plan. Do they really think that farmers just drink wine in a cottage all day? Farming is solid hard work.

Suddenly he heard loud talking and horses galloping nearby. Someone was hunting! Birds, rabbits, small animals all came out running about for their lives. A rabbit dashed across the farm.

Thump! The farmer followed the sound to a tree nearby. Turns out the dashing rabbit hit the tree and died.

Didn’t they say there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch? But here it was, a free rabbit meal for the farmer. He didn’t even need to kill the rabbit himself.

The farmer grilled the dead rabbit under the tree and watched the sun goes down. While munching on the rabbit meat he had a lightbulb moment.

I was just farming and out of nowhere came a rabbit hitting this tree and died, he thought. What if, I don’t have to work anymore? Yes! I can just wait under this tree every day and