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Almost... Best and Worst

This is a story.

A great Karate master called his students together and had each of them demonstrate a kata.

When the most senior student demonstrated, the master said, "that was almost the best I have seen.

When the most junior student demonstrated, the master said, "that was almost the worst I have seen."

The senior student became incredibly angry. "Almost the best!" he shouted in disbelief. I am certain that it was the best. He left the dojo, never to be seen again.

The junior student was so happy that he started to dance around. "Why are you so happy?" asked the master.

"Because you said my kata was almost the worst," replied the student. "You did not say that it was the worst." That student trained diligently and became the best student the master ever had.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin