A boy rode on the donkey and an old man walked besides them. As they went along they passed some people who remarked that it was a shame that the old man was walking and the young boy was riding. 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 that they would both walk!
Soon, they passed some more people who thought that they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey. Now they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful it was 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 the poor donkey fell into the river and drowned.
Is there a moral to the story?
Yep: IF YOU TRY TO PLEASE EVERYONE, YOU MAY AS WELL KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE.