An open-minded villager sets out upon a journey of discovery. He's called a Fool because he travels without expectations and has chosen to write his own story. The townsfolk, who gather to see him off, are a mix of well-wishers and doomsayers. Here, all are entitled to their opinions, and no-one stops another from exploring new ideas.
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