A Man, a Boy and a Donkey

Spring 2004 CSANews Issue 50  |  Posted date : May 05, 2007.Back to list

An old man, a boy and a donkey were heading to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along, they passed some people who remarked that it was a shame that the old man walked while the young boy rode. The man and the boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later they passed some people, who remarked "What a shame he makes the little boy walk!" So they decided that they would both walk. Soon they passed some people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride, so they both rode the donkey. Eventually they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful it was to put such a load on a poor donkey. The man and the boy decided they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey, which fell into the river and drowned. The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass goodbye!