Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Parable of the Elephant

You know the mahout, or the person who handles and trains an elephant from its early years, uses a light chord attached to the young animal's hind leg to teach them that they are chained. As the elephants grow and get much larger and stronger, because they are conditioned that they aren't free, they never try to break the chains or run away, even though it wouldn't require any effort to do so. It's all a mental process.

What happens to populations which have been kept in submission for too long is quite similar. They don't even know what freedom is. So they prefer ― out of conditioning and out of fear of the unknown ― to remain as they always were...chained to their fetters.

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
― Rosa Luxemburg


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