I recently alluded to a fortune cookie fortune (not to be confused with a cookie fortune cookie) that wasn't a fortune at all, merely an observation. On my usual high horse, I broke out the tweed jacket from my teaching days and delivered a brief lecture as to what is and is not a fortune. Apparently another sermon is in order.
Because the Chinese meal was carry-out, I was given not one but four fortune cookies. Ever on the lookout for blog fodder, I decided I would gradually crack open the remaining cookies and report on whether my fortunes improved, literally and figuratively.
Fortune #2 doesn't deliver the goods any better than Fortune #1. The new "fortune" reads, "Use your talents. That's what they are intended for."
Good advice, to be sure, but advice is not a fortune. "Look before you leap" is not a fortune. "Respect your elders" is not a fortune. "You will inherit a large windfall" is a fortune. "Happier times are around the corner" is a fortune.
At least they're chocolate fortune cookies.