Nasruddin sat in the coffeehouse, praising his remarkable donkey.
"Your donkey is indeed remarkable," said one of Nasruddin's friends. "I've always thought your donkey had a very saintly disposition. He is much more saintly than you are."
This took Nasruddin by surprise. "What do you mean my donkey is 'more saintly' than I am?"
"I mean that if we gave your donkey a choice between a bucket of water and a bucket of wine, he would drink the water, not the wine."
"There's nothing saintly about that!" exclaimed Nasruddin. "That just shows the donkey is less intelligent than I am."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #148 in the book.
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