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The Father the Son and the Donkey

Updated on October 14, 2013
The father the son and the donkey
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Once there was a father who decided to travel to a distant land with his son. Since it’s a very long way to go, he prepared a donkey for their journey. They geared up themselves and when everything was ready, they set off. The father started the journey by walking along while he let his son ride the beast.

Their destination is a relatively distant town passing over many other towns, hills and deserts on the way.

After sometime, they arrive at the first town. People noticed and looked at them as they pass by. A villager commented about them saying “How arrogant and disrespectful that young man is, he comfortably rides on the donkey while his father is walking under the sun. If he has a little sense at all he must have given way for his father since he is the younger stronger man.”

The father and his son heard this and so upon leaving the first town they decided to exchange position. The son gets off the donkey and allowed his father to ride and off they went on their journey.

Soon they arrive at the next town. As they went passing by, people noticed them and a villager commented “What an irresponsible, selfish father this man was. He rides comfortably on the donkey while letting his son to walk under the heat of the sun. As a parent he must act as a model of justice and compassion to his child.”

After hearing this, the father felt ashamed of the situation and so he gets off from the donkey and compassionately joins his son in walking along with their donkey.

Soon they arrive at the next town on their new setting. The heat of sun is relentlessly burning the ground and they are almost completely dried up and exhausted. As they pass by, people again noticed them and one villager commented “Look at how stupid these guys are, bringing with them a donkey and not riding on it. What’s the point of having that donkey all along?”

Upon hearing this, the father and the son felt they are looking like a bunch of fools walking all the way with a vacant mighty transportation beast uselessly following them. So they decided to ride together in the donkey as they continue with the journey.

Slightly relieved from severe exhaustion they continue with their journey through the desserts and hills.

Soon enough, they arrive in a yet another town before their destination. As they went passing by, people noticed them and one villager again commented “How merciless and abusive these guys are. Both of them cared to ride the poor donkey, haven’t they realize that they are heavy enough for the lowly beast.”

Hearing this, they felt deeply sorry for the donkey and a little more annoyed by the people's comments. So they finally resolve to the ultimate amendment to their travel setting. This time both of them gets off the donkey and carried the heavy beast on their backs instead, as they continue to their journey slowly and foolishly as they ever may seem.

They finally arrive at their destination and everyone looked and ridicules them for their foolishness.


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      aries21 5 years ago


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      a good retelling of the story -


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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Admiral Joraxx - I still think this is great story embody an important life principal/ I hope all is well with you. SHARING

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      Admiral_Joraxx 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing your experience Ardie. and thanks for coming by and commenting. Thanks a lot. =)

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Excellent story! It took me many many years to learn I couldn't please everyone. I tried for the longest time and I was miserable. Hopefully others learn faster from your story than I learned from life :D

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      Admiral_Joraxx 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks phdast7, this story really tells about one of those life guiding principles we must all ponder and live by. That we are not born to please everybody and so we shouldn't live our lives according to others opinions.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great retelling of an important parable with an important principle, which we would all do well to consider. Great Hub. Thanks.

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      Admiral_Joraxx 6 years ago from Philippines

      Yeah! indeed. You got it right there vvaleed. Thanks for coming by and commenting pal. =)

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      vvaleed 6 years ago

      wow wow wow what a hidden message you've conveyed through this beautiful story!

      that's right you can't stop people talking or pointing to others. it is the very nature of these people always to talk about...great effort admiral!