tks, you said the story was stupid, what is there to incorrectly attribute? I can easily imagine what your reaction will be if anyone responded the way you did if it was you narrating a story from some upanishad.
It seems anything outside of what you believe in is stupid, anything said in agreement of it is brilliant.....
When I was a child, my grandmother asked me to keep some dried 'darba' grass under my pillow to ward off the ill effects of the lunar eclipse occurring at that time. There were ants in the sheaves of grass, and we got bitten rather terribly. She then asked me to throw the grass out the window and said the moon is so far, it won't have an impact in any case. I innocently questioned the purpose of keeping it at all. She said she was clueless and it was passed down from the ancestors and it was a stupid practise anyway, she followed it out of rote in her own words.
That was my first lesson in rational thought, and I never subscribe to rituals to this day. My father didn't follow rituals though he did visit temples with friends or relatives in order not to offend. It boggles the mind as to how something we do on earth affects some obscure planet millions of miles off. We never had the obligatory "puja room" or some such. The best upanishad in my opinion is the book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living".
Consider y'day's Bangalore train accident. Innocents were consumed in a giant "homagundam". No "God" or "energy" could save them.