RAINING ANIMALS
networking based cross-cultural co-accidental event

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM i.e. All Things in Crates
collective assemblage and variable utterance

삼라만상(森羅萬像) - En. All things in nature. Originally, the word ‘森羅萬象’ means the universe, all nature and the whole creation and phenomenon in a sense of Buddhism. It consists of 4 different chinese characters and denotes “Dense trees like a Net and Thousands of Elephant(Form)." Usually ‘象(elephant)’ is the symbol of wisdom or knowledge, and its shape ‘象’ + ‘人’ makes a combinative word ‘像’ that means image, reflection, form, shape, phase, reason, principle, truth, style, resemblance and etc. It is the first step of knowing, the obvious truth and wisdom as if all things would be reflected in the mirror.

The term of "elephant in the room" refers to "the blind men and the elephant." It is a situation or phenomenon that one can access to see all matters and immense variety on web. Nonetheless, we could not examine it because of its extensive and all-inclusive substance or even boundless entity. The conception of the virtual and its actualization is fundamentally characterized by a lack of boundaries on web. We emphasize that we use "elephant" here not only as a metaphor, but also witticism, which would demonstrate the duality in the age of Web2.0 is regarded as a specular idiosyncrasy.

*Reference : Definition on Wikipedia

"Elephant in the room" (also elephant in the living room, elephant in the parlor, elephant in the corner, elephant on the dinner table, elephant in the kitchen, elephant on the coffee table, and horse in the corner) is an English idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there might be concerning themselves with relatively small and even irrelevant matters, compared to the looming big one.

The term refers to a question, problem, solution, or controversial issue that is obvious, but which is ignored by a group of people, generally out of embarrassment or taboo. The idiom can imply a value judgment that the issue ought to be discussed openly, or it can simply be an acknowledgment that the issue is there and not going to go away by itself.

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Elephant in the Room
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