We menen nogal eens iets te weten.
Ons daarbij beroepend op eigen ervaring of ‘zien is geloven’ en ‘meten is weten’.
Toch blijken we de plank nogal eens mis te slaan.
Hier een mooie metafoor voor dat fenomeen die op veel gebieden en in veel situaties toepasbaar lijkt.
This is a poem written by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887), as an adaptation of a famous Indian story. It is widely known in Buddhist and Jainist traditions. I thought I will share this as a reminder to everyone that each of us has our own version of universal truths, and each of us has had a glimpse of these truths based on our individual experiences and walks.
In any given topic, maybe we are just talking about the same thing, from different angles? Instead of arguing “I am right and you are wrong”, maybe we should start learning to respect, reflect on, and appreciate the different views of the elephant as expressed by different people who has touched it. That through our different perspectives, we can see more clearly what the elephant really is, and how big the elephant is. Only then can we truly begin to dig deeper and realize the…
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