Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Elephant and the Stick



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I once went to a circus and saw a huge elephant tied to a small pole
with a rope, just standing there. So I wondered why the elephant is so
obedient and doesn’t break away from the stick with all of its
enormous strength and mass.

So they told me this story: once when the elephant was very young, it
was tied to the pole the same way. Naturally, it didn’t like that and
tried to escape, but try as it might, the rope and the pole were too
strong for it. The rope is tied so well they cannot break it. And so
it learns the rope keeps them in place. So the elephant eventually
gave up. And when it grows older, it keeps on believing it could not
escape from the rope, and remains standing in the same place, despite
the fact it could then easily escape.
And that is a good lesson for life: It is just as easy to make a human
being believe in his own powerlessness. If you had a past experience
that makes you believe you are powerless, you keep on believing it. If
you do that, you sabotage your own life by not even trying to reach
for new things, to explore your potential at present. And only because
you believe you are still the same person (child? teenager?) that had
that experience in the past.

14 comments:

Joan S said...

This has always been one of my favorite analogies. But, sorry, but there is always the issue of us ACON's not having enough knowledge of the world around us either. At least that is the case with me. I find life complicated and confusing, and just when I think I've broken up with the string, a rope gets tied around me instead.

q1605 said...

That's definitely a simplistic way to present it. It's a little tidy for the bullshit we get exposed to. It's a good start but it disregards the layer upon layer of shit that ends up making us more like a Kevlar jacket for normal emotional response. We will never be like normal people we just don't have it in us. I used to compare it to two tree trunks that grew up next to each other so close that they are both twisted and bent. You can't just pull them apart because one has taken on the twist of the other. And they are inexorably bound together.

Five Hundred Pound Peep said...

Yeah this one can have meaning but what if you pull up the stick, and you got 20 dozen chasing after you with more hammers and chains to tie you down? I agree about us never being normal people, one needs a certain environment for that to form. Once the elephant is free where does it go? And there's tons of other "jailers" with their sticks to avoid.

Tundra Woman said...

It wasn't the elephants's parent(s) that inculcated the belief he was unable to free himself. Just sayin.
TW

q1605 said...

Good point TW one I had not thought of.

q1605 said...

WE get ham stringed by the people we are expecting to make us ready for the world.

q1605 said...

What a perfect fit. I tidied up in here and went to the tube and there was a tennis shoe commercial that was just a long string of platitudes spouted from some 20 something bouncing just in front of the camera. I think the first one said she was "in it to win it" followed by the words "pride in her stride". All the things you imagine a good parent says to coach their kids on to greatness. Funny I didn't hear one word of her quitting before she wastes her mothers time or money on such an obvious loser. Nothing about her mother calling her boyfriend a loser while she rubs his dick under the table. Nothing about if she fucks like she cooks she'll never get a man. And nothing about how not to expect a dime out of her to repay you for the dentists, schools, or cars, to replace the ones she stole from you throughout the your childhood to pay for her murder trial and keep her out of the electric chair. And to Goddamn be sure not to expect to be thanked after you pay for the gas she uses to bulldoze through your life like clearing dirt for a parking lot.

Five Hundred Pound Peep said...

yes TW, The society does it on multiple levels too. our whole school and other system is about brainwashing. Let's not forget how it rewarded all these damn narcs and helped them out with every step. Those platitude commercials kind of make me sick though, all the "in it to win it" well with all the focus on winning, the narcs are scrambling to the top, cheating and screwing their way there.

q1605 said...

I swit again and there is some tripe about stumble and fumble and it was very basic feel good buh lony

q1605 said...

I saw it again and there is some tripe about stumble and fumble and it was very basic feel good buh lony

q1605 said...

I 'll be humble if I stumble...... you got that right. You narc parent will be riding your ass like a 40 dollar mule if you go and get all uppity. But that doesn't rhyme

q1605 said...

How about screwed blued and tattooed?
THE BONES LYRICS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjwUpm36pe8

"Screwed, Blued And Tattooed"

Two wrongs don't make one right
One false get out of my sight
So come on, you're hotter that the sun
Dance around naked with your black boots on
Shaking those tits on the catwalk girl
So come on, you're hotter than the sun

You do what you do and I say what I want
Oh yeah shaking those tits and do your moves
You say what to do and I do what you want me to
You do what you do and I do as you say
Oh yeah shaking those tits and doing your moves
Oh yeah BABY!

Got screwed, blued and tattooed by you
But when I'm doing you it feels so good
Come on, you're hotter than the sun
I fuck this and I fuck that
But you, you even fucked me twice
So come on, you're hotter than the sun

You do what you do and I say what I want
Oh yeah shaking those tits and do your moves
You say what to do and I do what you want me to
You do what you do and I do as you say
Oh yeah shaking those tits and doing your moves

Judith said...

I don't have anything to add except to say I like this analogy. That's all I got today.

q1605 said...

And that is more than enough. Some days you are the windshield some days you are the bug. If all you had were good days there would be nothing to have to contrast the bad one.