An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The
boy rode on the
donkey and the old man walked. As they went along,
they passed some people
who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking
and the boy was

The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right,
so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people that remarked, What a
shame, he makes that little
boy walk. They then decided they both would walk. Soon
they passed some more
people who thought they were stupid to walk when they
had a decent donkey to ride.
So, they both rode the donkey. Now they passed some
people that shamed them
by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor
donkey. The boy and man said
they were probably right, so they decided to carry the
donkey. As they crossed the
bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell
into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story?

If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss
your ass good-bye.