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Add the Elephant in the Circus feature.

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t2/philosophy/psychology/elephant-in-the-circus/index.html.wml

+#include '../template.wml'
+
+#include "xhtml/1.x/std/toc.wml"
+
+<latemp_subject "The Elephant in the Circus" />
+
+<h2* id="toc">Table of Contents</h2*>
+
+<toc />
+
+<h2 id="intro">Introduction</h2>
+
+<p>
+This is a story that has become an Internet meme, and that search engines
+are unable to find a definitive source of. So I'm writing it here for
+posterity.
+</p>
+
+<h2 id="the_story">The Story of the Elephant in the Circus</h2>
+
+<p>
+I once walked to a circus and saw a huge elephant tied to a small poll with
+a rope, just standing there. So I wondered why is the elephant so obedient and 
+doesn't break away from the stick with all of its enormous strength and mass.
+So they told me this story: once when the elephant was very young, it was tied
+to the pole the same way. Naturally, it didn't like that and tried to escape,
+but try as it might, the rope and the pole were too strong for it. So the
+elephant eventually gave up.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Later on, when it was older, the elephant still believed it could not escape
+from the rope, and remained standing in the same place, despite the fact it
+could then easily escape.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Now, we humans often have various tasks that we tried to do when we were
+younger and failed, and still believe that we are unable to do. But as opposed 
+to the elephant, we have enough intelligence and insight to know better than 
+to believe we are still unable to perform these tasks. So if you have
+something that you fear to do because you failed once, now is the time to know
+better than the elephant and believe you are still unable to do it.
+</p>
+
+<h2 id="licence">Licence</h2>
+
+<p>
+The story is not original, but the text is. The text is made available under 
+the <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" rel="license">Creative
+Commons Attribution License 3.0 Unported</a> (or at your option, any later
+version). In order to attribute the text to me (= Shlomi Fish), please link
+to 
+<a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/t2/philosophy/psychology/elephant-in-the-circus/">this 
+page</a> and <a href="http://www.shlomifish.org/">to my homepage</a>.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+I don't know who originated the original story, which I received by E-mail
+once (in Hebrew), but I'd appreciate any insights or leads for its source.
+</p>
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