A man was passing a group of elephants.

He stopped suddenly, quite confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. There were no chains, and there were no cages.

It seemed rather obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, simply break away from the ropes. But for some reason, they did not.

He spotted a trainer nearby, and asked why these animals just stood there doing nothing, and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them. And, at that age, it was strong enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break away, since it’s always been the way.”

“They believe the rope can still hold them like years ago, so they never even try to break free.”

They believe the rope can still hold them like years ago, so they never even try to break free.

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time easily break free from their bonds, but they are stopped by their belief that they can’t. They were stuck right where they were, and stuck in their minds.