Confused by this scene, the man saw a trainer nearby and asked why such a powerful animal just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” trainer said, “when he was very young and much smaller we used the same size rope to tie him and, at that age, it’s enough to hold him.
As he grew up, he was conditioned to believe he cannot break away. He believes the rope can still hold him, so he never tries to break free.”
The trainer went back to his business, and the man spent another 10 minutes starring at the elephant and thinking about life.
He just learned one of the most important lessons… in the circus