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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Acknowledge the Elephant

In the past few decades, a funny expression has become popular, regarding the "elephant in the room."

According to Wikipedia, this is "an English idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed."

Maybe the minister has dropped in for a cup of tea while out walking his dog, and now the dog is chewing up your new throw rug. You say to the minister, "Would you like more sugar in your tea?"

Or your boss is a raging alcoholic, and it is affecting not only his work, but that of the entire team. No one says a thing.

The essence of the "Elephant Syndrome" is that everybody knows what's happening, but no one's talking about it. The elephant can't be missed, but strangely, it's not discussed either.

The classic illustration of this is "The Emperor's New Clothes." Everyone knows the emperor is naked, but no one will say it--until "out of the mouths of babes" comes the truth: one little child spills the beans.

Why as it a child? Perhaps they haven't learned that "it's not nice to point out the elephant." Sometimes the filters installed by society lead to massive failures of common sense.

So find the elephant, and talk about it with those who can do something about it.

You'll be happier.

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