Musings & Threads. Current Events.
An African Proverb.
“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”
I like to listen to the radio in the morning, while I am attempting to hustle around the kitchen to get everything seeming to require immediate attention done in record time. Note the word attempt, as frankly, it is pre-coffee, but I do try. Despite my pre-caffeinated state, I was sharp enough this morning to catch the end of a story, when the guest quoted an African proverb, “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”
Suddenly, I was wide awake, as this statement—made perhaps thousands of years ago—EXACTLY pertains to the predicament we find ourselves in right now.
True then, and possibly even more true today. First I thought about the government shut down—the elephants are truly trampling the American people, most of all the Federal workers who continue to work or not work—unpaid—while the elephants duke it out. Then I thought about the immigrant children—the thousands more discovered recently—that were also separated from their parents…. elephants. And then the wars with civilian casualties including the heartbreaking starvation of yes, the smallest of grasses, and the most vulnerable… the children.
Not fair, I say. Not fair. And certainly not becoming of the greatest country in the world. Called a stand-off; neither side wanting to—and I’m quoting—blink. Yet, in the most simple terms, the elephants continue to fight with dire consequences.