We called it going downtown to see the elephant. It was a metaphor. There might have been an elephant or two downtown in Korat, after all it was Thailand and elephants are common. But it wasn't a pachyderm we were referring to, it was something entirely different. It was something inside that most folks never face, but when the elephant shows up you are changed forever afterward. Some won't see the elephant. They turn away. Some need a friend with which to see the elephant. Some see the elephant on their own or with the hand of their God grasped firmly. Some even leap forward aggressively, knowing the elephant is worth the viewing for some strange reason.
If you've seen the elephant you know what I'm talking about. Here are some men engaging the elephant. They are on both sides of the battle and there should be no doubt that the elephant is neither racist nor partisan. He's an equal opportunity elephant:
There are way too many people in this country who haven't seen the elephant. They've got themselves convinced that there is no elephant or that those who have seen the elephant are somehow inferior or thuggish or uncouth. They are, of course, wrong.
This would be a much better nation with a much brighter future if there were more people who had been to see the elephant.