In The Beginning
In the beginning, God created the mule, and told him,
"You will be a mule, working constantly from dusk to
dawn, carrying heavy loads on your back.
You will live for 40 years."
The mule replied, "Lord, to live like that for 40 years
is too much. Give me no more than 20." And it was so.
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 25 years." And the dog responded,"Lord, to live
25 years as a dog like that is too much. Please, make it
no more than 10 years." And it was so.
God then created the monkey, and told him, "You are a
monkey. You shall swing from tree to tree, acting like
an idiot. You will be funny, and you shall live for 20
years." And the monkey said, "Lord, to live 20 years as
the clown of the world is too much. Please, Lord, give
me no than 10 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 all the creatures
of the world. You will dominate the earth and live for 20
years." And the man responded, "Lord, certainly to be Man
for only 20 years is too little. Please, Lord, give me the
20 years the mule refused, the 15 years the dog declined,
and the 10 years the monkey rejected." And it was so.
So God made Man to live 20 years as a man, then marry and
live 20 years like a mule, working and carrying heavy loads.
Then, he is to have children and live 15 years
more as a dog, guarding his household and eating only their
leftovers after they empty the pantry; and then, in his old
age, to live 10 years as a monkey, acting like an idiot to
amuse his grandchildren. And it became so.
[ Unknown -- From: Stan M. ]
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