The Blind Men and the Elephant


The risk of analytical thinking and fragmentation of knowledge

It was six blind men, To learning much inclined, That each by observation, 
might satisfy his mind, Who went to see the Elephant.

The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall
 against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “God bless me! But the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk, cried, “Ho! What have we here, so very round and smooth and sharp? To me it is mighty clear, this wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal, And happening to take
the squirming trunk within his hands, thus boldly up and Spake: “I see, the Elephant
is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee. “What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain, It is clear enough the Elephant
is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, said: “Even the blindest man
can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can, this marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
about the beast to grope, Than seizing on the swinging tail
that fell within his scope, “I see,” he said, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these blind men of disputed loud and long,
 each in his own opinion,
 exceeding stiff and strong,
 though each was partly in the right,
 and all were in the wrong!

Then runs the moral of the Buddha:

“Knowing not good, knowing not evil, knowing not right, knowing not wrong, they quarrel and brawl and wrangle and strike one another with the daggers of their tongues, saying, ‘This is right, that is not right’; ‘This is not right, that is right.’”

Clearly, mythology is not for children 

Historically, Mythological stories and ancient Myths have been part of the universal foundation of life, the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life have been flowing when it. But as anyone knows the myths, the mythical, the mythological and spiritual beliefs of civilizations have sensibly varied throughout the world and centuries to such a degree that even today, the “Virtue” of one has often been the “Vice” of another, and the heaven of one the other’s hell. With the old horizons now gone that formerly separated and protected the various cultures of our world and their pantheons, communities that once were comfortable in the consciousness of their own guaranteed godliness abruptly find, that they are devils in the eyes of their neighbors.

To be continued…



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