Like the Six Blind Men

As I read the comments on this blog, I am reminded of an Indian fable that describes the way six blind travelers perceive an elephant after stumbling upon different parts of the animal’s body.

One fell against the elephant’s side and declared the creature was like a wall. Another got hold of its tusk and concluded the creature was more like a spear. One who grabbed the creature’s trunk decided an elephant must be some kind of snake.

The fourth blind man felt against one of the elephant’s legs and decided elephants were actually trees. The fifth caught an ear and said the creature was a fan. And the sixth was convinced, after snatching the elephant’s swinging tail, that the creature was some kind of rope.

Yes, dear readers, I suspect you and I are all right to some extent. But what do we really know?

We stumble blindly through a complex landscape, clutching at elusive shapes, while hidden hands push us hither and thither and unseen eyes watch us and mock us.

And all we have to guide us is the conflicting and confusing snippets of information fed to the media by manipulative sources.

So, it behooves us to be patient with one another, tolerating  opinions with which we disagree and remaining open to modifying our own views as we process the perceptions of others.

Yes, Chris K, I am inclined to view current events from a liberal perspective. That’s part of my DNA, I guess.

But I try to be honest and fair, based on what I think I know. Take what i write with a grain of salt, and temper it with the views expressed by others who comment. This is an open forum, and nobody’s views are censored.

But let’s keep our discussions amicable. All we have is each other. And we are facing frightening odds.

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17 thoughts on “Like the Six Blind Men

  1. By coincidence I reflecting similarly on Aesop’s Fable of the One Eyed Doe.

    One thing that might be drawn from the fable is that we’re all like one eyed does. And then it’s good to talk to get the perspectives of others.

    Going further, there is New Testament scripture on the body of Christ, that believers contribute to their communities from their unique talents.

    And also, the civilizations of the east, whose philosophies emphasize opposites, teach that much value, of another human being, derives from how he is different.

  2. LogicFish
    In regards to a previous comment to me, I would suggest you watch one of the most popular video that is currently trending worldwide -Childish Gambino This Is America. You will have to watch it a few times, so here are two reaction videos along with the original along with the Jamaican version.
    Video one:

    Video two:

    Original video:

    Jamaican Version:

  3. Yes, I agree George & Logic Fish, we need to temper our differences and respect the views of others, keeping in mind that we must hold fast to the values we were taught at home,in school and along life’s winding road. If you believe in good then, you must also believe in evil and the same holds true that if you believe in right then you must believe in wrong. However, depending on your viewpoint, you may see things differently from your neighbor. It’s like looking out your window at a Cardinal and commenting how beautiful a bird it is but your partner looking out the same window but from a different angle disagrees with you and corrects you, saying that’s not a Cardinal, it’s a Robin, because from their viewpoint they were looking at two different birds
    and may add quite smugly, don’t you know the difference between a Cardinal and a Robin?

  4. Thanks, George for another good blog. Yes, indeed, the six blind men and the elephant. We put six human together, and we get six perspectives. Much research has validated that humans judge from/by their own frame of reference/experience and do not check facts to make informed decisions — hence the conflicts. It is imperative therefore, to do research….especially in today’s world where intimidation and deceptions are the tools of choice. Indeed,it is a new world disorder. However, the basic fact is: truth still exists. ..and humans still have freewill to make choices. So, it is now an individual–not collective –matter. We do not have to be a herd of cattle that follows the “judas” cow onto the killing floor….which the evil ones want us to do to accomplish their evil agendas.

    George, your fifth paragraph …”we stumble……”is profound…you are ready to throw off the blindness of the unregenerated/contaminated human and see truth (remember all six men in your story were blind…none could see…so that story has many levels of meaning). Back in Genesis when Adam fell “all died” (collective) and God spoke of “the new seed” and God confirms this in ezekiel 36:27 etc. (Individual ) This new seed is jesus Christ…..this is why God gave us salvation. It really is being “born again” . It is a new self where we pass from darkness into light.
    Back to your fifth paragraph, George. …”the elusive shapes…the hidden hands…the eyes that watch….and mocks us….” to be rid of all that and see clearly is real freedom indeed. Let none of us reject so great a salvation.

    It is about time for each of us to get off the conveyor belt that goes round and round and round…same ol’ same ol’ and live in joy and peace. Mankind has been deceived. But there is redemption–check it out–and live. Nuff said.

  5. George: another great blog. However, my comments were removed. You think blogs are not censored (“by the hidden hands…the eyes that watch and mocks us” )? I am not so sure. It is insidious and nefarious…and probably why Edward Snowden is not in the country of his birth right now….and some have been “accidentally” killed. Anyway, I have no time to re-write my comments now but will try again later. I will not give up or get so frustrated I walk away. In the meantime, Consider paragraph 5 of your blog under “six blind men….” all the best to you.

  6. Subsequent to some of ChrisK’s remarks, I offer the argument that, while government is necessary, some protection is also necessary. In modern Western states, this comes in the form of systems of democratic accountability, such as parliaments.

    The laws that are filtered through such democratic mechanisms have been subject to public representation as best as practically possible.

    Therefore, take it from this “one eyed doe”: those who try to get around duly and democratically passed laws, such as by “sactuary cities”, don’t look like friends of the people.

    “Initially called the Congo Free State, the colony remained a personal possession of King Leopold II from 1885 until 1908 when it was taken over by the Belgian government and renamed the Belgian Congo.”1

    “A common tactic used in the Congo Free State was to demand a certain quota of rubber from each village. Missing a quota was punished violently. It was not uncommon for the hands and feet of men, women, and children to be amputated as punishment for not collecting enough rubber or ivory. Hostages were taken from villages and used as leverage when demanding quotas. Villagers knew that not gathering the specified quota of goods could mean the execution of their family.”

    “until the official elections of a first Parliament on 29 August 1831. A monument in Brussels, the Congress Column, was erected in its honour. On the base of the Congress-column, there are four bronze statues that represent the four basic freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of 1831: freedom of religion, association, education and the press.”

    To the argument that the Africans might not have had choice in the matter, I offer that Europeans were forced to make their choice by armed conflict, or the threat thereof. For example:

    “The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians (“Roundheads”) and Royalists (“Cavaliers”) over, principally, the manner of England’s government. The first (1642–1646) and second (1648–1649) wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament”

    “The overall outcome of the war was threefold: the trial and execution of Charles I (1649); the exile of his son, Charles II (1651);”

    “Constitutionally, the wars established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent, although the idea of Parliament as the ruling power of England was only legally established as part of the Glorious Revolution in 1688.”

    “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…”

  7. Hi George: There is a real puzzle on your blog today. The comment that I refer to (10:53 am) that does not appear on your blog re my CELL, appears on my desktop but under title of “Jo in rent perdpectives” May 31, 2018 –10:33 am. Also, it has a note: ” your comment is awaiting moderation.” If you cannot get this on your phone, see if you can on your computer. The question is: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN–WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH?
    I have seen other comments on the internet through the years where a sentence is cut off to change the meaning of the person’s statement. So, I do not believe the computer world is as safe as we thought it was a few years back. As your fifth paragraph says…..”hidden hands…the eyes that watch and mock us….” might definitely apply to our new digital world entirely…in which case, Edward Snowden is not just a genius–but a hero….and mankind’s new best friend–i.e. if we listen. Well, I may not have to rewrite my comment after all. We will see where this goes. Life is a learning experience. Keep thinking and moving, George. Joy, another Sojourner Truth. P.S. Your paragraph 5 is so profound–it should go viral.

  8. George: take a look at your blog on your computer–something intriguing is there under “six blind ….”

  9. I removed one of your comments, Joy, because it was exactly the same as the one before it and I figured your smart phone duplicated it somehow. And I also removed your comment complaining about the smart phone duplicating that comment. I hope you don’t mnd. I haven’t removed any others, and I don’t think anyone else can.

  10. Thanks , George. However, in removing one, the other was removed from the phone as well. I refer to 10:33 pm may 31st ultimo under “six blind…” However, it is still on the desktop–only not in duplicate.
    Your paragraph 5 is so profound it should go viral….under your name graham –(that is how your brother spells it). Incidrntally, in one of your blogs you mentioned you got nowhere researching your Scottish roots re bonnie dundee under cleaverhouse– try again under jacobi graham. Best of luck. Life can be beautiful.

  11. Ok, George :all is well. The missing post of 31st may 2018 is on the phone–except it appears under author “jo in rent perdpectives ” ????? Nevertheless it is there–that’s good. It was not kicked into the “cloud” ….

  12. Logic fish : there is a comment for you under “watson for president” that just came up. Have a look. Makes me think.

  13. Janice, I reviewed the videos (except for that latest one). However, I suffer from intense time pressures outside of cyberspace.

    In the mean time, are you familiar with a movie called _The Matrix_ ? It may well be my all-time favorite movie. It can also speak much to what our gentle blogger has been writing about media.

    In any case, the Childish Gambino movie contains a lot of truth, especially as conveyed by the media. But it’s not the whole truth. I’m reminded of facetious staying that “anything you can say about America is true.”

    There is also a Jamaican proverb that “time is longer than rope” which can speak to the potential of America, beyond what it is now. Then I’m reminded of a Chinese saying that “heaven is infinite and earth is eternal” (天長地久) That begins chapter 7 (第七章) of the 道德經.

  14. Janice,

    I’ve watched that last video, I’m sure its opinion represents a tiny minority. That’s not to say that such opinions should be completely discounted, but only that they should be seen in perspective.

    I don’t agree with those opinions. Civilization doesn’t work by oppression. Here’s one scenario that illustrates how it works:
    1. Person #1, called “jim” grows beans.
    2. Person #2, called “James”, grows corn.
    3. Jim would like to trade some beans for corn.
    3a. Jim would not like that trade unless the corn was more valuable to him than the beans.
    3b.When the corn transers to Jim, its value goes up by some increment called “x”.
    4. Conversely, James would like to trade some corn for beans.
    4a. James would not like that trade unless the beans were more valuable to him than the corn.
    4b. When the beans transfer to James, their value goes up by some increment y.

    5a. Before the trade, the total systemic economic value was equal to Corn + Beans.
    5b. After the trade, the total systemic economic value has increased to Corn + x + Beans + y.

    Oppression and slavery are practiced by less developed, adolescent cultures before they come to their senses.

    I also share your appreciation for honesty. Political correctness has the danger of making it precident to silence unpopular opinions, which can be the thin edge of a wedge toward wider political censorship. Morever, censorship encourages unfortunate ideas to fester underground instead of coming up to the light where they can be effectively challenged and shown false in the sight of all.

  15. It is so clear that we have no clue the depth of greed that is ruling the seemingly random actions of the president. For example. Out of nowhere Qatar became unfavored and Trump spoke out against them? No one could figure out what the heck was happening, but later it turned out that they refused to give Jared money so this was punishment.. They even messed with Qatars flight schedule.

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