God Created The Mule
God created the mule and told him:
"You will be mule, working constantly from dusk
to dawn, carrying heavy loads on your back. You will eat grass and you
will lack intelligence. You will live for 50 years."
The mule answered: "To live like this for 50
years is too much. Please, give me no more than 20." And it was
Then God created the dog and told him: "You
will hold vigilance over the dwellings of Man, to whom you will be his
greatest companion. You will eat his table scraps and live for 30
And the dog responded: "Lord, to live 30
years as a dog is too much. Please, no more than 15 years." And
it was so.
God then created the monkey and told him: "You are the monkey.
You will swing from tree to tree, acting like an idiot. You will be
funny, and you shall live for 40 years."
And the monkey responded: "Lord, to live 40 years as the clown of
the world is too much. Please, Lord, give me no more than 30
years." And it was so.
Finally, God created Man and told him: "You are
Man, the only rational being that walks the earth. You will use
your intelligence to have mastery over the creatures of the world.
You will dominate the earth and live for 20 years."
And the man responded: "Lord, to be Man
for only 20 years is too little. Please, Lord, give me the 30 years
the mule refused, the 15 years the dog refused, and the 10 years the
monkey rejected." And it was so.
And God made Man to live 20 years as a man, then
marry and live 30 years like a mule working and carrying heavy loads
on his back. Then, his children will become teenagers and he will live
15 years as a dog, guarding his house and eating leftovers after they
empty the pantry; then, in his old
age, he will live 10 years as a monkey, acting like a fool to amuse
And it was so.