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There was a king in Africa who had a close friend he grew up with. The friend used to look at every situation, whether positive or negative, as good.
One day,they went on a hunting expedition. The friend was loading and preparing the guns for the king. He might have done something wrong in preparing one of the guns. As the king fired it, he blew off his thumb. Looking at the situation, the friend remarked that this is good. The king; however, replied that it was not good and sent his friend to jail.
A year later, the king was hunting in an area where he should not have gone. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. His hands were tied and the cannibals stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.
As they came to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. They were superstitious and never ate anyone less than whole. The king was thus untied and was sent on his way.
As he returned home, he recalled the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail and said to his friend. "You were right", "it was good that my thumb was blown off." He told the friend all that had just happened. He felt sorry for sending him to jail.
"No, "this is good!", replied the friend.
The king was surprised and asked how could it be good that he sent his friend to jail for a year.
The friend replied that had he not been in jail, he would have been with the king.