A donkey once lived in a stable, where it had a whole lot of chaff and straw. Every day a fine white horse dressed with rich harnesses trotted outside. The donkey would cast its eyes on the horse, green with envy.
“Why was I born a donkey and him a horse?” he asked his
“Why was the sheikh born a sheikh with a lot of money and palaces, horses and beautiful women, while I was born to kill myself with work and all I have is a fat woman with no teeth and a stupid donkey?” his master answered quickly.
Some time went by, and the donkey repeated the question: “Why was I born a donkey and that one there a horse?”
“Why was the sea born sea and the sun born sun, the wind born wind and the frog born frog, the orange born orange and the earth born earth and the sheikh’s women born women and all of them beautiful, while I was born to kill myself with work, and all I have is a fat ugly woman with no teeth and a stupid donkey and not a horse and the horse was born horse? Why? His master repeated quickly.
One day the donkey, tied to the market wall, caught a glimpse of a yellow ant that was brushing past his hoof. The ant had a breadcrumb between its pincers and was running like crazy. Observing her, he said: “Why was I born a donkey and not a horse, and you are an ugly yellow ant, and maybe even happy?”
“Of course I’m happy!”
“And…why is that?”
“Because I know I’m an ant, and not an imbecile like you!” she answered cheerfully.