Sunday, February 15, 2015

Taking a look at the Elephant

You’ll remember the old Indian tale of the elephant in the room. This is how Rumhi, the Persian sage, first wrote it down (my version):

The elephant stood in a darkened room
Led there as part of the circus
And people came despite the dark,
Reaching, blindly touching,
Each telling what he found
One touching the trunk, “it feels like a pipe”,
Touching the ear, “it’s a fan”,
Touching the leg, “it’s a pillar”,
Touching the back, “it’s a plank”,
Each knowing best,
Each calling “p” what the other calls “q”,

Someone give them a candle and let them see.

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