Nasruddin was in the coffeehouse with his friends, and the subject of camels came up. Specifically, they started arguing about whether camels were intelligent or not.
"Camels are very intelligent!" exclaimed Nasruddin. "In fact, I would say that camels are more intelligent than people are."
"What makes you say so?" asked one of Nasruddin's friends.
"A camel carries heavy loads, but he never asks for another load in addition to what he carries," replied Nasruddin. "Most people, on the other hand, no matter how heavily burdened they might be already, are always eager to take on new obligations and responsibilities."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #51 in the book.