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!


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

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.

PS: The author of the story is unknown!

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