One of my favorite parables is the “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.” It is originally from India, with one of the earliest versions of the story appearing in the Buddhist text, Tittha Sutta around 500 BCE. But it’s a good story and so likely predates even this telling. The importance of this parable of the blind men and elephant is it lays down the basis for discussing the limits of perception and the importance of context. The parable generally goes: A group of blind men heard a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but…
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