Like the Six Blind Men

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As I read the comments on this blog, I am reminded of an Indian fable that describes the way six blind travelers perceive an elephant after stumbling upon different parts of the animal’s body.
One fell against the elephant’s side and declared the creature was like a wall. Another got hold of its tusk and concluded the creature was more like a spear. One who grabbed the creature’s trunk decided an elephant must be some kind of snake.
The fourth blind man felt against one of the elephant’s legs and decided elephants were actually trees. The fifth caught an ear and said the creature was a fan. And the sixth was convinced, after snatching the elephant’s swinging tail, that the creature was some kind of rope.