This is an old short story. Probably older than the great Pyramids of Egypt. For you’ll have noticed at the end that the origin is Chinese. Very old Chinese.
It reminds us not to push too hard on Life. For in trying to accumulate much possessions to oneself, we often lose precious things that doesn’t come by easily.
A long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then he (Emperor) would give him the area he has covered.
Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could.. For you see; generally, man is naturally inclined to want some more.
He kept on riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was Hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.
He came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, “Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself.”
The moral of this story is at the beginning of the page. Or is it?
As for the source, It must have had some element of China or Ancient Civilizations, but I do not remember.