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"When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled"

posted Mar 4, 2010, 11:00 AM by musicisawsome97@yahoo.com   [ updated Mar 8, 2010, 10:42 AM ]
What does the African proverb at the beginning of the book, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled” mean to you?

To me this means that when there's a problem between two people, or a problem in general it doesn't only effect the people who's problem it is, but everyone around them suffers from seeing them argue or in a bad situation too. I also think that its saying that if you can avoid problems or handle them without making it known would be better because then its only between those people who it should be handled with. Also, the quote itself, the part where it says, "it is the grass that gets trampled" I think its also saying that the ones fighting will get over it and recover faster but the ones effected will need time to heal, and maybe even more time then it took the ones fighting. To me this also goes not only for just when people argue or fight, I think also when, for example, when the government has problems and its all over the news about how the economy is going bad, it stresses everyone else watching and their the ones being effected  by the problem and thats not fair. 
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