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Pessimists and optimists

In a faraway land an old man sat on a stone bench at the outset of the town every day. He loved watching the merchants headed for faraway lands, peasants coming to the market place and travellers from a long way away.
One day a stranger asked, “Tell me, old man, what are the people here like?”
“Where are you from?” the man asked in reply.
“From the town behind the mountains.”