Have you ever heard the story of the blind men and the elephant?
It is a parable that has crossed between many religious traditions and is part of Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu lore. The tale is also well known in Europe. In the 19th century the poet John Godfrey Saxe created his own version as a poem.
Since then, the story has been published in many books for adults and children,and interpreted in an ever-increasing variety of ways. It is the story of a group of blind men who went for a walk and discovered an elephant. As none of them had ever experienced one before each took a piece of the elephant and determined what they had discovered. One argued the leg was a tree trunk, the tail a rope, the trunk a hose… the men eventually came to blows trying to get the others to agree with their hypothesis. The overall moral of this tale to me is that if they