The Donkey

(Scene: Nirvana. Buddha, Socrates, and Christ sip ambrosia. A thunderclap. A donkey appears.)

Buddha: Welcome, friend, to paradise!

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW     EEEE-AWWW      EEEE-AWWW!

Socrates: He seems heavily burdened. What does the poor beast carry?

(Christ approaches the donkey and peers into its sacks.)

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW     EEEE-AWWW!

Christ: He is burdened with outmoded-doctrines, prejudice, and ignorance.

Buddha: Friend! Lay down your baggage! This is paradise!

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW     EEEE-AWWW!

Socrates: We’re not getting through to him. Maybe the poor animal is not ready for Nirvana.

Buddha: So it would seem. I’m sorry friend, you must be reincarnated.

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW!

Buddha: Friends, what shall be the next species of this poor animal?

Socrates: I suggest a Homo Sapien. Maybe then he will learn the meaning of Love.

Buddha: Harsh choice, but I agree. And what shall be his karma?

Christ: Let the animal grow to be a Cleric. Maybe then he will learn the meaning of Wisdom.

Buddha: Friend, you have many burdens you need to abandon. Maybe next time we see you, you will be ready to enter paradise.

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW     EEEE-AWWW      EEEE-AWWW!

(A thunderclap. The donkey disappears. In the distance, the whisper of a baby being born is heard.)

Christ: To be honest, I’m glad the animal’s gone. It smelled.

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