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A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his three sons.
When his sons opened up the Will it read:
My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;
My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;
My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.
As it’s impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them.
The farmer friend read the Will patiently, after giving due thought, he brought one of his own horses over
and added it to the 17. That increased the total to 18 horses.
Now, he divided the horses according to their father's Will.
Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses.
1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses.
1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses.
Now add up how many horses they have:
Eldest son……..9
Middle son…….6
Youngest son…2
TOTAL IS…….17.
Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm.
Problem Solved!
Moral:
The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th horse i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the 18th horse the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution.
If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!
AK907ICECOLD
reply to post by Mon1k3r
LOL, I am sorry. I really hope that your being a smart-ass.
Question for you. What is your highest level of mathematics?
AK907ICECOLD
reply to post by Mon1k3r
the key to the OP story is a clear state of mind, which clarity leads to understanding, then follows to a solution-based
answer, damn near every time.
To the OP, beautiful message of problem solving
Does anyone remember the one about the boat, two trips across the river, with the chicken, the fox, and something else. it was taught in elementary school. Most adults over think it and as the children keep it simple. You know the KISS theory
it just takes understanding, but with the fast paced world we live in, nobody wants to take the time to understand, instead its the childish....."I WANT IT NOW!" syndromeedit on 10-1-2014 by AK907ICECOLD because: (no reason given)
Mon1k3r
I don't believe in mathematics.
AK907ICECOLD
reply to post by Mon1k3r
"I don't believe in mathematics."
Are you a christian? They don't believe in rational thinking I.E. mathematics IMO. I'm just trying to figure out your reasoning in your comments and why you sound dumbfounded to logic and reason. I replied to your post asking for an explanation. Why such a crotchety comment with "i forgot" crap? insult me with kindness, Please if you can. I'm here to have fun. Try it.
Just say thank you and move along. I did my part
Maxatoria
Mon1k3r
I don't believe in mathematics.
but if i sold you a box of 50 rounds and there was only 3 in the box you'd soon point that out and mention that 3 is not the same as 50 and thus prove you do believe in maths
AK907ICECOLD
Love your honesty, well hopefully your pretty! LMAO
...but I'm just a good-looking dumb ape.
727Sky
another email I received:
As it’s impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.
Moral:
The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th horse i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the 18th horse the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution.
If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!
Simplistic but worth the time to read and think IMO