Through the context of Hinduism, I was named after Lord Ganesh. A deity who is portrayed to have the head of an elephant, symbolizing strength and compassion. Ever since my dad told me this, I have a special connection to these gentle giants.
Elephants are known for their physical power, yet beneath these giants are some emotions we fail to understand. They can show grief, anger, self awareness, humor, playfulness, sweet temper and amazing learning capabilities. Their memory can span over years and the level of intelligence they possess is also beyond believe. Elephants are socially complex animals, known to nurture their young, practice family bond among themselves, live in herds with adults and juveniles alike.
Some studies throughout the years showed elephants are capable of mimicking their rangers and trainers in captivity, a proof that personality does evolve in each individual. They can detect changes in human emotions, color differences and possess critical thinking when utilizing tools. Elephants are also superior to humans in keeping track of multiple objects in a three dimensional space.
My parents named in hopes that these qualities can be built from within, becoming a better person as I grow old. Its some sort of a reminder that I will have to control my inner self and my actions towards the world.
Elephant population has dropped approximately 62% over the past decade, and they could be gone entirely by the next. Ivory trade is one of the culprit. We often hear when the buying stops, the killing can too. But in today's world, buying seems to be part of our daily routine. We buy things we don't need and consume faster than nature's ability to replenish.
But how does that connect to elephants? Remember that ivory is not the only reason elephants are disappearing. Their home and vast open lands are destroyed for agriculture and consumables in the masses. With no home, they are forced to have conflicts with humans. Many are poisoned and electrocuted. Some are shot and trapped to die. Young ones are among the victims.
I started this blog to be a voice, and if you're reading this, I've made an impact. Say no to exotic animal products. Consume responsibly. Share your thoughts on this topic to everyone. The next time you see an elephant, look into its eye. You will know what I mean.