he wondered why they didn’t break free. Curiosity driving him, he approached the camp’s caretaker and inquired about the seemingly feeble restraint. The caretaker, a weathered man with a gentle demeanor, smiled and welcomed the gentleman to observe the elephants more closely.
“These elephants,” the caretaker began, “were tied with the same ropes when they were very young. At that age, the rope was enough to hold them. As they grew, they believed they couldn’t break free.”
Intrigued, the gentleman listened as the caretaker explained that the elephants had developed a mental limitation. Despite their immense strength, they had been conditioned to believe that the small rope was an insurmountable obstacle. The elephants, in their minds, were constrained by a limitation that no longer physically existed.