"Calamities can bring growth
and Enlightenment," said the Master.
And he explained it thus:
"Each day a bird would shelter in the
withered branches of a tree that stood
in the middle of a vast deserted plain.
One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree,
forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles
in search of shelter-- till it finally
came to a forest of fruit-laden trees."
And he concluded: "If the withered tree had survived, nothing would have induced the bird to give up its security and fly."