The Ass and His Driver

The Ass and His Driver
Aesop's Fables - The Ass and His Driver

One day, an ass was trudging through a field with a cart. A cruel and sluggish man who constantly beat the cart's ass with a stick to make it move quicker served as the cart's driver.

The ass wished he could get away from his nasty driver since he was worn out and sore from being hit. The ass had an idea one day. He came to a stop in the center of the field and stood there.

The driver whacked the ass with his stick in a fit of rage, but the ass remained immobile. The ass just stood there and refused to move as the driver continued to beat him repeatedly.

The motorist finally gave up after realizing that striking the ass wouldn't make him move. So he made the decision to adopt a fresh strategy. As he carefully stroked the ass's head and spoke to him in a soothing voice, he climbed off the cart.

The driver was shocked when the ass soon began to walk once more. The driver was astounded by the effectiveness of kindness and resolved to treat the ass with more consideration going forward.

The lesson in the narrative is that "Kindness is sometimes more effective than force."