Spirituality

maybe it’s like

a children’s fable

~

maybe it’s not about

being right or wrong

maybe it’s all about

getting along

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

~ Albert Einstein

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The Blind Men And The Elephant

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

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 ’tis 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,” quoth he, “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,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en 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,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
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!

MORAL

So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

John Godfrey Saxe
Interesting Wikipedia Link

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(bottom image from the 1961 Childcraft series edition)

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14 thoughts on “Spirituality

  1. maybe

    we’ll never

    comprehend

    what we can’t

    understand

    ~

    and that

    is okay

    ~

    the elephant

    sleeps in my room

    and I’m starting to feel

    more comfortable

    with wild animals

  2. This poem was set to music in Natalie Marchant’s album Leave Your Sleep. Good fun.
    We are all blind. A Bayesian approach takes the prior evidence we have and allows us to interpret the new data on the basis of probability. The blind sages were not wrong in their interpretations but wrong in holding to their views so strongly.

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