An old man and his young son were heading to town with their donkey. Since the donkey was very old, the old man didn’t want to put too much heavy weight on its back, so only his son was riding on the donkey.
When they were passing by some people, they heard people whispering: “Shame on the young boy. He is riding on the donkey while the old man is walking.”
The old man’s son asked his father to switch places with him. The old man didn’t want to argue, so he switched spots with his son. They continued along their way when;
Some other person was passing by and whispered: “How selfish can a father be to ride a donkey when his son is walking in this hot weather.”
The son looked at the old man and said: “Maybe we should both sit on the donkey’s.”
So they did.
A little while passed and someone else saw them and of course had an opinion as they said quietly: “This is animal cruelty. Poor old donkey is carrying two egotistic, lazy humans.”
As the boy opened his mouth to give another opinion based on people’s thoughts, the old man said: “Best way to live life is to be careless about what people think. Always do what is right at that moment. Our donkey is old and you are less heavy than I am. You can either walk with me or ride on the donkey, no matter what others say. You can’t keep everyone satisfied so do what seems right to you.”