Two farmers owned fields that lie side by side. They don't like each other, and they never have. But fate has put their fields next to each other. Farming is a tough life, and neither makes much money. So, the two farmers agreed, with heavy-hearts, to buy a donkey jointly, and to share it to till their fields.
For a while it worked, but as the spring wore on, and the days started getting hotter, both farmers wanted to till his fields in the early morning, when it was cooler.
The donkey stood in the middle, on the line between the two fields, while each farmer tugged as hard as he could, trying to pull the donkey in his direction. The donkey didn't move. He couldn't. He was being pulled in two opposite directions, by farmers of equal strength. After several minutes of excruciating pain, the ropes around the donkeys neck, being pulled in opposite directions, choked the donkey, and he fell to the ground with a dull thud.
The farmers glared at each other for a few minutes. Then they grinned, shook hands, and agreed that it was a damn dumb donkey not to follow their commands.
oh, and except for the damb dumb donkey, everyone grinned and applauded this.