The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: ¡§You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?¡¨

So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.¡¨

So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn¡¦t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: ¡§Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.¡¨

Well, the Man didn¡¦t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: ¡§Aren¡¦t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours¡Xyou and your hulking son?¡¨

The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey¡¦s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.

¡§That will teach you,¡¨ said an old man who had followed them:

¡§Please all, and you will please none.¡¨

And i thought that for this particular Aesop’s fable the moral is that people talk too much, but i guess the idea that you can’t please everyone works too.    Personally, i like it because it shows how no matter what you do, people will always have shit to say.

4 thoughts on “

  1. Lovely story! Now if they only said “F*** off” everytime someone had something to say, they’d be happier people now right? :PI agree that people will always have shit to say… and probably if you take a more passive route and just take the shit, you’ll just have a little less trouble for yourself hehe…


  2. hey miss K…  here’s the thing…  in utilitarianism, you are trying to make the greatest number of people happy by maximizing the greatest utility…  thing is that those are just individual people with their individual cases…  under utilitarianism, you can’t please everyone…  I think most important is that as long as you are satisfied n’ you are happy in the outcome…  who gives a rat’s ass about those insignificant few… 


  3. What does the crouching tiger hidden dragon fable mean?  ……….  ah what the hell, here’s my two cents:  Have confidence in your principles, but don’t be too stubborn to listen, also.  Objectively analyze your critic’s reasoning, intuitively sense their intentions… your decisions should be informed, if your actions are to be wise. 


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