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The Foolish Traveler

Posted by Riz Sauté

From the anime: Fruits Basket

Once upon a time,

there was this foolish traveler who had gone to a journey

Why was it foolish?

Well because he was fooled by everyone he met

“I need money for medicine”

Everywhere he went people made all sort of sad stories to tell him

and the traveler fell for everyone of them

“I have a sick younger sister”

“I don’t have money to buy seeds to plant in my field”

Pretty soon the traveler’s money, his clothes,

and even his shoes had been cheated away from him

But the foolish traveler was always glad to help

he always told people the same thing

He said, “I wish you happiness”

But by this point though, the traveler was completely naked

and with nothing left to cover himself,

he decided to leave the main road

and travel through the dense forest, where no one could see him

But soon he was discovered by the goblins that lived in the woods

The goblins wanted to eat the traveler’s body

so they begged him, they pleaded and they used kind words to try to trick him

and of course the traveler was fooled

First he let them eat one of his leg, them an arm,

then more and more

Before it was over, all the traveler had left was his head

He even had given his eyes away to the last of the goblins

And as this last goblin was eating the traveler’s eyes,

he turned and said “Thank you traveler”

In return I leave you this present

What the goblin left was a piece of paper with the word “fool” written on it

The traveler couldn’t see it. He didn’t know what it was

Even so tears began to flow down his face

“Thank you” the traveler said

“This is the first present anyone has ever given me,

I am so happy, I am so happy, thank you”

Even without his eyes, he cried and he cried, great tears of joy

Then the traveler died, the smile still on his face.

And that’s the end of the story

I don’t think the traveler was being tricked,

I think he did exactly what he wanted to do,

I think that more than anything, he just wanted to make other people happy

Is that foolish?


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