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Blind Men and the Elephant - Seeing the Bigger Picture - Story

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Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today."

They had no idea what an elephant was. So they decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was and placed their hands on it.

"Hey, the elephant is like a tree," said the first man who touched his leg.
"No! It’s like a rope," said the second man who touched the tail.
"No! It’s like snake," said the third man who touched the trunk.
"No! It’s like a big hand fan" said the fourth man who touched the ear.
"No! It’s like a huge wall," said the fifth man who touched the belly.
"You’re all wrong, it’s like a sharp spear," Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.

They all began to argue about the elephant and what it was really like.

A wise woman was passing by and she saw this. She stopped and asked them, "What is the matter?" They said, "We cannot agree to what the elephant is like." Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like.

The wise woman calmly explained to them, "All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched a different part of the elephant."

"Oh!" everyone said. There was no more arguing. They realised that they had missed the bigger picture.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2016, 03:56:29 PM by Sara »
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