One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously
for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he
decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway;
it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all
grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey
realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's
amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was
astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon,
everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of
the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to
getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of
our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just
by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less
grant 08/03/04 Just reading the post below about the donkey made me think about the arrogance of humans. How many times when wishing to put members of their own species down do they refer to them using an animal's title?
They refer to people as a 'donkey' as if that were a derogatory remark yet donkey's just like every other being have been shown to possess plenty of intelligence.
I am reminded of a quote from the Mark Twain
"Typical of man to label an animal dumb just because it is dumb to his dull perceptions"
I_Liner_tofu 08/03/04 I have seen countless examples of animal intellegance. People just need to be openminded to the idea that animals may deserve equality.
grant 08/03/04 That is true. But humans find it convenient currently to live the way that they do and to except that other species are both intelligent and feeling raises to many ethical problems for them so that continue in denial. That is why they refuse to believe in the cruelty involved in animal agriculture. They tell themselves that these must be 'rare, isolated incidents' or that it only happens in 'other countries'. If they accepted the reality they would be bothered by it so they dont.
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This is AWESOME!!!!!
I was angered that the farmer was ready to bury him alive.....livid, in fact. But the donkey just made me a happy camper! Our animal friends prove the average human wrong...if only they'd open the eyes.
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