Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya
The Elephant and the Mouse: The World of Politics
Reaction to USA Government Shutdown Decision
Prof. Hasan Yahya: sociologist and historian
In todays politics, they say, the Elephant in the room, but no one dare to see it. However, the title of this article is taken from the old famous story of the Elephant and the Mouse. The summary of the story says: The elephant and the mouse find a big bag of peanuts and try to figure out how to move it. When the elephant falls asleep, the mouse figures out to move the bag by carrying one peanut at a time. (wiki)In politics in terms of social classes, the elephant represents the main influence on decision making, by force or choice. It represents the wealthy rich group in any nation.
In some sites on the internet they consider the story as a sign about faith telling the story in this shape:
….and then the mouse said to the elephant,
“…but why must you be afraid, for surely you can kill me with just one step?” and the elephant replied,
“I am so large and my pride is so great as I am, I can see for miles and miles and I can smell a tiger when he’s near and as I am so great as great I think I am, but uou little mouse, so small that you are, your greatness I just cannot see. You are nothing like me little mouse and if I’m to look closely I see you scurry about in an underworld that I cannot see and all the miles and miles that I’ve known this world is unknown to me. So you see little mouse, it is what I don’t know that I fear so much and that is what you are to me.” The little mouse nodded his head as he understood what the elephant was talking about and then he said,
“Yes elephant, I too am scared of the unknown that’s why I scurry about from one hiding place to another and I can no way understand the miles and miles of country that you have seen. The depths of this undergrowth and as small as I am is all that I know, but elephant, if I was to tell you all about the things I know then maybe you would have no reason to fear me. So surely should you tell me all that you know I would have no reason to fear you!” The elephant stopped and thought for moment and then he asked the mouse,
“But you are so different, why should I trust what you say? You might want to hurt me.” Then the mouse replied,
“yes but I should fear the same as how can I know that you wont hurt me, as you are different also. So why don’t we agree that we do both fear each other and then learn to trust each other?” The elephant was happy with that and so he said,
“Why sure mouse, would you like to be my friend? And the mouse said,
“Why sure elephant, I’d love to!” and then they told each other all the things they knew about.(ravenritings)
In good faith, the elephant and the mouse built a good trust to live together in a democratic society like human society. Each has its own strength. The only difference between the two is only wealth.
In a capitalist society, this may be acceptable if there was trust between factions of the society where rich and poor live under the laws of wise state. But still, sometimes the elephant shut the government, and sometimes incite his power in decision making, where he can determine which decisions to be made in his favour. And no one in the room see the elephant. If someone tries to point at the elephant, s/he will be considered an outsider in the group (say, parliament, people council, etc.)
In the world of politics, they created something called partisan, or transparency dealing with issues concerning the elephant and the mouse. The group, therefore, have to come up with a decision. In this time, they call it democratic state of mind. And everybody is satisfied.
Well! Recently, in the USA, the elephant away from faith and trust, shut down the Federal Government. What does that mean in terms of trust and exchanged benefits or building faith between the elephant and the mouse. I wonder!… (739 words) www.hasanyahya.com