ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A story with a moral |The man, the boy and the donkey | Aesop's fables retold

Updated on December 13, 2014
The man, the boy and the donkey
The man, the boy and the donkey

The moral of the story - The man, the boy and the donkey

The man, the boy and the donkey is an interesting story from the collection of Aesop's fables. It is a story with a moral or a message. The moral of this story is that you can't please everyone; if you try to please every one you will perhaps end up pleasing no one.

This story apart from being quite interesting is perhaps useful for many to understand the message that you can't please every one.

Given below is a retelling of this story based on the original Aesop's tale but retold with some differences.


The man, the boy and the donkey

Shyam lived in a small village. One day he wanted to raise some money by selling his donkey. But there was no market place in his small village. So he had to go to the nearest market town several miles away. He set off with his donkey to the market. He took his young son along with him for company.

As father and son walked on leading the donkey, they came across a couple of villagers who looked at them and laughed heartily. Shyam was surprised and a little wounded to be laughed at, particularly in front of his son. "What is the matter," he enquired of the villagers. "Why are you laughing at me?"

"What is a donkey for, but to ride on," ridiculed the villagers. "Here, you are proudly leading the donkey and walking with it. It is so funny."

Shyam felt small. "Yes, there must be something in what these villagers say," he thought. He quickly asked his son to mount the donkey and ride it. He walked on alongside.

As they went on further, they came across the village headman, a man of advancing years. He took one look at the boy riding the donkey and Shyam walking along and shouted at the young boy, "What kind of a son are you. You are happily riding the donkey while your poor old and exhausted father walks alongside. How can you be so cruel and hardhearted?"

Shyam's son felt humiliated. He quickly hopped off the donkey and asked Shyam to ride the animal. He walked alongside.


As they walked on they came across the village teacher. He took one look at Shyam riding the donkey, his son walking alongside and angrily asked of Shyam, "Have you lost your senses! How can you coolly ride the donkey while that poor young boy has to walk all the way!"

Shyam felt embarrassed. He jumped off the donkey. Then Shyam and his son stood there right on the road and had a discussion. What was to be done? Whichever way they went, some one was offended.

Soon Shyam and his son took their next step. They both got on the donkey together and the animal moved on.

As they neared the market town, along came a man from the town. He looked at the two of them riding the donkey and screamed, "What is this? How can you burden that poor animal with two hefty fellows like you sitting on it. This is cruelty to our animal friends. You should be reported to the authorities!"

Both Shyam and his son hastily jumped off the donkey. This was getting too much!


They then debated over what was to be done. People laughed at them if they walked along with donkey. People were offended if either one of them rode the donkey making the other one walk and people were unhappy if they both rode the donkey. So they took up the only course left - they decided that they would both carry the donkey!

They hoisted the donkey on their shoulders and continued walking. As they entered the town a crowd gathered to see that strange sight. They all pushed and jostled each other to get a better view. In all the commotion the frightened donkey slipped off their shoulders and ran away, never to be seen by them again!

The man, the boy and the donkey - moral

This is a very instructive story. The moral of this story is that you can't please every one. If you try to please every one you might end up pleasing no one. In trying to please all the people who commented on them, they man and the boy ended up losing the donkey.

The story of the man, the boy and the donkey is pertinent even today, perhaps even more so than before.


Enjoy this video of another story with a moral - The fox and the crow

Enjoy this video of another story with a moral - The lion and the mouse

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • wwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      wwriter 

      20 months ago from India

      Thank you boutrikahind. Glad you liked the story. And yes, an important moral!

    • wwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      wwriter 

      2 years ago from India

      Thank you, Natalia. I am glad you found it useful.

    • profile image

      Natalia 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the fable! I wanted to share it with my pupils but I couldn´t find it so complete anywhere! It´s a great story and I think its very useful too...

    • wwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      wwriter 

      2 years ago from India

      Yes. Thank you for reading and commenting, Robert Sacchi.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Yes, Aesop's fable is true today. Untold in the story is what is the sense of going out of your way to please people you don't know and aren't likely to see again?

    • wwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      wwriter 

      5 years ago from India

      Thank you Darksage. Yes, I found this a very interesting story too, that perhaps many can relate to.

    • Darksage profile image

      Khen Ramos 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Great story! I've never heard of this story before, but I guess it's one of my favorites now. I bet a lot of people can relate to this story as it is meant for everyone. Thank you for posting the different stories also. Voted up! :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)