Being A Misfit And The Story Of An Elephant

Last week our friend Philip V.Ariel posted this video of a mad Elephant in Facebook.

It was a Temple Elephant who started to damage whatever machine he saw on his way
and nobody could stop him.This reminded me of a story my friend Mary Morrissey told,
I am going to share here.
In India the Elephant is the farm animal, unlike cattle for much of the rest of
the world because in India cattle are considered sacred so the cows are treated
with reverence and respect.
You know how they train Elephants in India?
The elephants are trained this way: When they train small Elephants they get a baby
Elephant and they put a big strong rope around one of their legs and a big strong
stake in the ground. And that baby Elephant pulls and tugs and fights and tries to
get away. Ultimately the rope and the stake are stronger and the Elephant finally
gives in to the tug of the rope. As the Elephant gets larger, instead of increasing
the rope and stake in size they decrease it because what happens is the Elephant
gives over to the tug. It leans toward the tug instead of away from it. So for adult
Elephants they just weave river reeds together and the slightest little tug and that
Elephant will go wherever the tug is. Now it isn’t that the elephant doesn’t have
the capacity to break free from that river reed fully. It does, but it doesn’t have the
knowing and so it is disconnected from its capacity because it doesn’t have the
knowing. It has learned to give over to the tug.
He is a powerful animal, but animals do not have mental faculties like a human.
What are mental faculties?

Learn here about Mental Faculties >You Have Magic In Your Mind

We are the only creatures on earth blessed with these phenomenal powers,
and very few people are even aware that they have them and can use them.
These mental faculties are perception, reason, will, memory, imagination, and intuition.

The only thing about a man that is a man . . . is his mind. 
Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.
Archibald MacLeish

We were born with the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch, senses which
we process information through into our conscious mind. This information can come
from anywhere, like the television, radio, things we read, even what others say
to us and we decide  and make a conscious choice whether we will accept or reject
that information.

“An educated person is a person who has so developed the faculties of their
mind that they can acquire anything they want or its equivalent without
the rights of others.” Napoleon Hill

“The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning;
it should produce not learned but learning people.

The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents,
and children are students together.

Eric Hoffer

Coming back to the example of the elephant: You and I have some river reed thinking.
We have been trained to look to conditions to determine what our opportunities are;
what our possibilities are and it’s completely backward.
We have learned to live an outside in life when the authority and the empowerment
to choose and decide first creation is in thoughts.What is within you is greater
than anything that is in your surroundings. What is within you is greater than any
circumstance, you are more powerful than you think. everything is created twice.
Your history does not need to determine your destiny unless you decide that it must.

What this Elephant did, made him a misfit.But he is an animal and does not have
the mental facilities a Human has. In the case of the Elephant, we do not really know
what triggered his behavior we only can guess. Did he realize his power?
But nobody would pay attention to it and nobody would think about if he would
not be a misfit.

“A population subjected to drastic change is a population of misfits.
Eric Hoffer The Ordeal of Change 

What is a misfit? A misfit is somebody who gets out of the river reed thinking
and questions and has different views on culture and traditional society.
Not everyone who is a misfit can change the world profoundly like for example
Jesus did, he was a misfit in his time.
Jesus came into the world and did not conform. He upset the religious authorities
of the day by doing and teaching things that went against their traditions.
He also did things that went against their laws.

The sinners flocked to hear His message and the Pharisees didn’t like that at all…..
Luke 15:1-1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners
for to hear him.
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying,
This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
He healed on
the Sabbath, He touched people that were considered
He ate with those the religious authorities hated.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of 
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:22

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see
things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for
the status quo. 
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them. About the only thing, you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change
the world,are the ones who do.”

Rob Siltanen

Being a misfit needs self-confidence and a need to know the true self.
I learned experienced this very early in life.through many changes of situations.
It started when I was 7 we moved to another town, later my mother dared to have a
divorce which was something weird in that time, we often had to move and I had to
change near every year the school, with 18 I moved in another country with totally
different tradition and religion and started to question.Most of the time I played
the game I was supposed to play, but no ruler can be the ruler of your thoughts if
you are aware. I did dare to be me. 
As a misfit, you can feel rejected and have to learn to trust your intuition and
find yourself. Because you ask inconvenient questions, people make you feel you
an outsider, but I later was told from some of them, that they did like it, but
did not dare to acknowledge it and it made them think.

“We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis
in self-esteem: we undergo a test, we have to prove ourselves.

It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without
inner trembling.”

Eric Hoffer

Many people around the world, especially young people start to question, looking
for a deeper meaning of life and feel like misfits.
Do we need a new way of thinking? a new religion?
I think our world changed since science, made us believe everything works like a
machine, and divided everything into parts, the universe, and the human beings.
Accepting everything that we are taught and not questioning,  is believing in
somebody else’s believe.
How do we know  if their beliefs are the truth?

We do not need something new, I think we rather need to go back to the ancient
ways, spirituality, the way of self-realization, remember who we really are and
learn to know out true self and following out heart.
“And be you renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the
New Man(humanity), 
which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness.

Ephesians 2:24

Good not to be scared of being a misfit, they make think and can change the world,
step by step.
My favorite quote is from Eric Hoffer:
“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth,
while the learned shall find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists” and so it is.

What is your take on misfits? Do you follow your heart ?
Do you dare to be you ?
Or do you take the way of least resistance?