Mulla Nasrudin

Too-obvious principles

   ‘All should share equally in whatever is available,’ a philosopher 
was announcing to an interested group at the teahouse.
   ‘I am not sure that it would work, said one doubter.
   ‘But have you given it a chance?’ demanded the idealist.
   ‘I have!’ shouted Nasrudin. ‘I give my wife and my donkey exactly 
the same treatment. They get exactly what they want.’
   ‘Excellent!’ exclaimed the philosopher. ‘Now tell the company what
the results are, Mulla.’
   ‘The result is a good donkey — and a bad wife.’