There is a parable from the Indian subcontinent that talks of 4 blind men each trying to find out what an elephant is like…Each one touches a different part of the body of the elephant and thus each one describes the elephant differently…
Wikipedia describes this as “the parable implies that one’s subjective experience can be true, but that such experience is inherently limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth.”
I say that that interpretation and the others I’ve read are incorrect….Because truth is totality, never partial and there are never versions of it.. What the elephant is, what the elephant was, is the one truth – the truth of what an elephant is.
If each blind man had not stopped when they’d reached the limit of their reach. if they had circumnavigated the elephant and refrained from saying anything until they had experienced that totality,. that singular truth, there would have been no disagreement between any of them..and all of them would have experience THE ONE truth..
So to me this parable is about objectivity, avoid any opinion or interpretation until the truth has been experienced in its totality..It means we have to work hard to find the truth, we have to hold it as the highest aim, and we must refrain from the all too tempting rush-to-judgment, personalization and projection and never never never decide that truth can be subjective or each person have a different one…Share on Facebook