The Donkey’s Shadow

One hot summer’s day, a traveller hired a donkey to carry him. At noon the sun’s heat was so scorching that he dismounted and wanted to relax under the donkey’s shadow. But the driver of the donkey claimed that he had equal rights to the spot and wanted to sit there, too.

“What! cried the traveller. “Didn’t I hire the donkey for the entire journey?”

“Yes,” answered the driver, “you hired the donkey but not the donkey’s shadow.”

While they were arguing and fighting for the place, the donkey took to his heels and ran away.

Old Learning: In quarrelling about the shadow of things we often lose the substance.

New Take

Not caring for partners is a lose-lose game.

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