by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Let’s not discuss the elephant in the room. We’re not sure we’re permitted to, or that it’s politically correct, or an appropriate discussion in polite company if you will.
Yet elephants in rooms are hard to ignore. They tend to cause messes, side effects, and occasionally step on people. They make their presence known because simply by being there take over the environment.
Some animals blend in, mix with the herd. Others remains separate, but edge themselves by the herd and don’t stand out unless specifically hunted. But the elephant in the room, a little stomping or charging and soon it’s his room.
Like the emperors new clothes, there are those that insist on ignoring elephants in rooms. Even crazier, there are those who insist on bringing elephants into rooms and them insist that they be ignored. We can debate whether these have ulterior motives, truly believe that the elephants need to be saved and the room is the best place for them, or are just nuts. But they gleefully speak of the positives and advantages while leading the elephants into the rooms, completely ignoring that a room is an incompatible habitat for the elephant.
Others then compound the problem by rushing in to save the elephant! The elephant must be understood while being in the room. While it may stomp, because that’s what elephants do, you may not respond…that would be elephant-o-phobia. Elephants may be incompatible with rooms, but to say so – even after being stomped – clearly shows YOU to be the problem.
Eventually the room becomes an elephant habitat, and all either suffer with the situation or have escaped to better circumstances.