Today, that would be a wonderful Chinese parable we have often used ourselves in talks with our friends and offspring. It’s told here by the late Zen philosopher Alan Watts [previously] in a version very close to the one we ourselves first heard it from an old friend, now long gone:
Via Sustainable Human:
The Story of the Chinese Farmer
A parable about life and nature narrated by Alan Watts, animated by Steve Agnos, and with music by Chris Zabriskie.