Learning from elephants
How we treat elephants reflects how we treat ourselves.
If anyone has been to Trafalgar Square in London, they will see that it is usually swarming with humanity; thousands of years ago elephants swarmed as they visited the long extinct river that centred on this square. Following these elephants were early humans, who hunted, honoured and drew elephants on their cave walls.
The co-existence of humanity and elephant has been a significant feature in human history; the elephant is a reflection of how humanity treats itself. If the elephants die so will humanity.
The relationship between elephant and humanity has deteriorated alarmingly. Elephants have become nothing more than a commodity to be traded for human entertainment and vanity. Now rather than a few elephants being killed a systematic slaughter is going on in Africa where gunmen kill whole herds, strip them of their ivory to be shipped to places like China.
Elephants that need space and stimulation are cramped into zoos for the entertainment of humans. The lifespan of an elephant in captivity is half that of one in the wild; the usually good-natured elephant through stress becomes dangerous, turning on each other and their zoo keepers.
It is worth humanity stops to reflect on their relationship with the elephants, by looking at how elephants treat each other. To learn from the elephant behaviour, thus replicate this with the treatment of each other and of elephants. There is a close association between what humanity is doing to themselves and what they are doing to elephants; the fortunes of elephants may closely reflect that of humanity.
The following video shows a baby elephant helping its big brother which fell over. The baby elephant tries to push the big brother up again, then attempts to show big brother how to get up. It is inspirational.