Many of us are familiar with the tale of the visually impaired (blind) men and the elephant. Although there are multiple versions of the story, I will endeavor to provide a summary.

The story revolves around a group of blind men who have never encountered an elephant before. Each blind man is allowed to touch a part of the elephant and describe what they believe it is like based solely on their tactile experience. One blind man touches the elephant’s leg and concludes that it is like a sturdy tree trunk. Another feels the tail and thinks it resembles a rope. The one touching the tusk believes the elephant is sharp and smooth like a spear. The man who touches the ear thinks the elephant is thin and flat like a large fan. The blind man who touches the trunk perceives the elephant as a long, flexible snake. Lastly, the one who touches the side of the elephant describes it as a solid wall.

As they each share their experiences, they start arguing vehemently, each insisting that their perception is correct and that the others are wrong. However, none of them can see the bigger picture or understand the true nature of the elephant because they are limited by their individual experiences.

The moral of the story is that people often have different perspectives and viewpoints based on their limited experiences, and these differences can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. To truly understand the whole picture, it’s essential to consider the viewpoints of others and recognize that each perspective contributes to a broader understanding of truth.

    Call to Action: How much of our lives do we spend unaware of our perspective? How often do we step back to see our viewpoint is limited, not right or wrong but simply obstructed? Seeing the ‘entire elephant’ means we take into consideration our own assumptions about the conclusions we make.