is never just one way to look at something –
there are always different perspectives, meanings, and
perceptions, depending on who,
why and how is looking.
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can help you gain new understanding through seeing things from different
There are various versions
of the story of the blind men and the elephant. The blind men and the
elephant is a legend that appears in
different cultures different cultures
‒ and the tale dates back thousands of years. Some versions
of the story feature three blind men, others five or six, but the message is
always the same.
Here's a story of the six blind men and the elephant.
blind men were discussing exactly what they believed an elephant to be,
since each had heard how strange the creature was, yet none had ever seen
one before. So the blind men agreed to find an elephant and discover what
the animal was really like.
didn't take the blind men long to find an elephant at a nearby market.
first blind man approached the beast and felt the animal's firm flat side.
"It seems to me that the elephant is just like a wall," he said to his
second blind man reached out and touched one of the elephant's tusks. "No,
this is round and smooth and sharp - the elephant is like a spear."
Intrigued, the third blind man stepped up to the elephant and touched its
trunk. "Well, I can't agree with either of you; I feel a squirming writhing
surely the elephant is just like a snake."
fourth blind man was of course by now quite puzzled. So he reached out, and
felt the elephant's leg. "You are all talking complete nonsense," he said,
"because clearly the elephant is just like a tree."
confused, the fifth blind man stepped forward and grabbed one of the
elephant's ears. "You must all be mad –
an elephant is exactly like a fan."
the sixth man approached, and, holding the beast's tail, disagreed again.
"It's nothing like any of your descriptions
the elephant is just like a rope."
six blind men continued to argue, based on their own particular experiences,
as to what they thought an elephant was like. It was an argument that they
were never able to resolve. Each of them was concerned only with their own
idea. None of them had the full picture, and none could see any of the
other's point of view. Each man saw the elephant as something quite
different, and while in part each blind man was right, none was wholly
You Are What You Think