THE PARABLE OF THE ELEPHANTS

March 21, 2019

 I tell this true story, sort of like a parable of what happened in elephant relevant to illegally sanctioned elephant poaching in south-west Africa. There was some poaching going on of the ivory tusks from mature elephants whereby the poachers were killing the mature elephants and taking their tusks and an unintended consequence of this was that the young elephants were being allowed to run wild without guidance.

 

Now some of the white men wanted to simply slaughter the young elephants because they were stampeding the area and causing trouble to crops and being generally disruptive in their behavior. However, one of the elders in the area tribe suggested they hold tight and go to Kenya and gather a herd of more mature bulls and bring down to the area being ravaged by the young upstarts.

 

So they brought the bulls down and planted them in the middle of the tribal area and the result was that all the stampeding stopped and all the destruction of crops stopped and relative peace again prevailed.

Now, what’s the moral or lesson to the story, it’s that once the men were brought back into the fold they were able to nudge the youth back into a more civilized and sociably beneficial manner, so while some would want to simply kill to eliminate the problem, the elder or wise man understood their true value and sought to salvage the youth and this applies and fits in our community...

 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROYAL GAZETTE

 

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