The Blind Men And The Elephant by Karen BacksteinSix blind men went on a journey to find out what an elephant feels like. The were lead to an elephant that resided in a princes palace. Each one of the blind men felt a different part of the elephant and each had a different picture of what the elephant looked liked. This resulted in a huge argument, that the prince decided to come out and find out what the heated argument in the garden was all about. When he heard that the men were blind and had different opinions of what the elephant looked like - he explained that they were all correct and that it was just the different perspectives that each one held because of the different parts of the elephant they felt. I enjoyed the story, but just felt that the ending was lacking a bit.
Blind Men and the Elephant: Poem | Story | Moral of the Story |
You have an experience.. You saw it, felt it, heard it.. They have a completely different experience than you do. They have a completely different perspective than you. You believe you are right and they are wrong.
I T 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! The Second , feeling of the tusk, Cried: "Ho! To me 't is 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:. The Fourth reached out his eager hand, And felt about the knee. 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 parable of the blind men and the elephant is used to illustrate how biases can blind us, preventing us from seeking a more complete understanding on the nature of things. It is often used as a warning against the promotion of absolute truths. In a distant village, a long time ago, there lived six blind men. They all fell into heated argument as to who was right in describing the big beast, all sticking to their own perception. Thus you only have a partial view of the animal.
This metaphor is an adaptation of the old Indian folk tale which later popularized by John Godfrey Saxe. The famous story of the six blind men and the elephant was regarded by different sectors. In this nine 9 PowerPoint slides, the tale is narrated in a graphic illustration. It resembles a storyboard with finely sketched images and shapes. That can be benefited by poets, school teachers, group leaders and storytellers themselves. Managers can even use the slides to present risk assessment and proper evaluation of a situation before making business actions. The advantage is they can use the PowerPoint and tell their own interpretation or metaphor.