The Donkey

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

Buddha: Welcome, friend, to paradise!


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

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


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

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


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.


(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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