THE TWO MULES
Two mules were walking along, weighed down by two different loads: one mule
was laden with bags full of money, while the other mule was carrying sacks stuffed
with barley. The mule who was flush with money proudly lifted his head, tossing
the little bell on his neck back and forth, while his companion simply followed
along at a calm and quiet pace. All of a sudden, the mules were set upon by
robbers who attacked them from an ambush. In the violent struggle, the rich
mule was slashed with a sword and the robbers stole his money, yet they paid
no attention at all to the worthless barley. When the mule who had lost all
his riches began to complain, the other mule declared, 'As for me, I am quite
content to have been treated with contempt: it means that I suffered no injury
and lost none of my possessions!'
This fable proves that there is little risk in being poor, while being rich
can get you into trouble.