EQ (The Elephant Quotient)

By Kerri R.

Come nightfall Alice knows the White Rabbit usually retreats to sleep so it comes as a surprise when she sees a long eared silhouette appear out of the darkness.  Curious. 

Alice follows to find herself falling into another rabbit hole.  No matter how many times she falls it is always a different landing.  Dusting herself off she emerges to realize she hasn’t been chasing the White Rabbit this time.  A shy sandy bunny with white “eye liner” vanishes as Alice steps out into the South African savannah and realizes she just experienced a rare sighting of the critically endangered Riverine Rabbit.  Even shy rabbits have stories to be told.  

Don’t care what people say, just follow your own way, don’t give up and use the chance to return to innocence…”

Michael Cretu

It is well before sunrise, but Alice is too restless to sleep for very long.  After only about 3 hours of resting she awakes feeling anxious.  

“Of course the first thing to do was to make a grand survey of the country she was going to travel through.”

Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 3

After walking for quite some time she finds herself standing in the center of a circle almost as large as she is tall.  A trail of circles leads the way ahead.  These may be baby steps to someone else, but they are large leaps for her.  With each step she is closer to a truth she hadn’t known before.  She reaches what looks to be the final step in the tracks. She challenges herself to jump as high as possible.  It feels as if she is moving in slow motion, able to capture the feeling in every moment upwards.  When she lands, safely grounded, she looks up and the sun is rising.  Before her a river so still in the quiet morning…like a giant looking glass framed by the green grasses.  What will it reveal?

Alice senses someone.  Having just walked in her footsteps she understands.  The massive being saunters over with the same slow motion effect, every stride telling a story, and steps into the reflection.  She looks into the eyes looking back at her with the same curiosity.  

“…in fact it was an elephant—as Alice soon found out, though the idea quite took her breath away at first.”

Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 3

Ears fanned out like butterflies and tail swishing, a trumpet noise echoes in the quietness.  Is she afraid or happy?  Threatening or playful?  Alice just breathes.  The elephant glides into the river for a morning bath and breakfast of greens. Her family soon joins (hearing the call of safety), the baby elephants splashing and playing.  The river comes alive with wildlife.

And the return to innocence.

The natural instincts of the elephant remind us that intelligence is not based on intellect alone.  Elephants don’t need mainstream media to know that a poacher is a threat or that they need to remember where they previously found food and water when resources are low.  They listen and trust their intuition.  Is it magical or mystical?  Just as intelligence isn’t only based on facts and figures, intuition isn’t only based on emotion.  Memory recall, self-awareness, critical thinking and emotion are all involved in our decisions.  

If we are informed of facts, is that enough for us to make an honest decision?  If we only share our feelings, is that enough to make a fair judgement?  

Have you been over-reactive, hyper-critical or worried with feelings of paranoia?

Observe and witness without judgement 

Have you ever found yourself over-intellectualizing, over-thinking or over-analyzing?         

“Just look into your heart, my friend, That will be the return to yourself, The return to innocence…”

Michael Cretu

Disclaimer:  Alice’s story is fictional.  It is not advisable to hang around wild animals and just breathe

Endangered Savannah Elephant 

Endangered Asian Elephant 

Critically Endangered Forest Elephant 

Why? Poaching and wildlife trade, trophy hunting, retail (the sale of ivory), logging and deforestation.


Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

Published by Kerri

Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others . She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

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