Short Story of the Donkey, the Tiger and the Lion: When Arguing is Futile

William Meller - Short story of the donkey, the tiger and the lion

Never waste time on discussions that make no sense.

The donkey told the tiger:

—The grass is blue!

The tiger replied:

— No, the grass is green!

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, and to do so they approached the lion. Before reaching the clearing in the forest where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey started screaming:

— Your Highness, isn't it true that the grass is blue?

The lion replied:

— True, the grass is blue!

The donkey rushed forward and continued:

— ′The tiger disagrees with me and contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him!

The king then declared:

— The tiger will be punished with 5 years of silence!

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating:

— The grass is blue! The grass is blue!

The tiger accepted his punishment, but he asked the lion:

— Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?

The lion replied:

— In fact, the grass is green!

The tiger asked:

— So why do you punish me?

The lion replied:

— That has nothing to do with whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is not possible for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with a donkey, and on top of that to come and bother me with that question!

Are you tired of wasting precious time and energy on pointless discussions?

Do you find yourself constantly getting caught up in arguments with those who refuse to see reason?

It's time to learn when to walk away from these types of conversations and focus on what truly matters.

Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. Don't ever debate or argue with donkeys - It is better to leave them in their own world of fantasies. 

But important: it does not mean that you should never have your own opinion well structured and argue with the right people or participate in good discussions that will make your knowledge grow. 

Yes, you should!

The lesson here is that it could be a waste of time arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn't care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. 

There are people around you that just need more information, help, or even knowledge, and you should help these people when it is possible

There are even other lessons we can learn from this story:

1 - It is important to have a neutral third party to settle disputes.

2 . Arguing with someone who is not open to reason or who is not on the same intellectual level as you is a waste of time.

3 - The punishment may not have anything to do with the issue being discussed, but rather with the behavior of the individuals involved.

4 - It is important to remember that one should not waste time on frivolous matters and should strive to act with intelligence and maturity.

5 - It is also important to respect the authority and the decisions of a leader.

6 - One should not be arrogant and think that his opinion is always right and should always be respected without considering others' points of view.

In conclusion, it's important to be selective in the battles we choose to fight. 

Not every argument or discussion is worth our time and energy. 

By being discerning in the fights we engage in, we can ensure that our efforts are well-directed and that we're investing our time in meaningful exchanges that will ultimately benefit ourselves and those around us. 

Remember, sometimes it's better to walk away from a pointless discussion, but when a discussion or argument is needed and well deserved, it can help to enrich the conversation and bring growth to ourselves and others. 

Be smart and strategic in the battles you choose to fight, and you'll be able to make the most of your time and energy.

Try to fight only the good and smart fights, when a discussion or argument is needed, will be well deserved, and it will help/enrich the discussion or the other person.


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PS: The author of the story is unknown!

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