The False Human Belief
This is one of the best stories for storytelling competition with moral for children. Long, long ago, a man went to see the Circus Show. Before the show began, he saw that a lot of elephants were held by only a small rope tied to their front leg.
The man suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that such huge creatures were being held by such a thin yet small rope. There were no chains and no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could break away the ropes at any time from their bonds but for some reason were not even trying. You may also like to read, Elephant And Dog Story.
The man saw the elephant’s trainer standing next to elephants. He asked, “Why these elephants just are there? Why are they not making any attempt to escape from here?” “Well,” trainer said, “when they were very young, we use the same size rope to tie them and at that age, it was enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
On hearing this, the man was completely shocked. He thought to himself, “These gigantic elephants could easily break the ropes and get free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. They never even tried to make themselves.” Saying this, the man went away. Also, read The White Elephant.