Saturday, January 9, 2021

From a certain point of view

At work I'm doing some illustrations for a leadership seminar. This illustrates the old Sufi tale of the blind men and the elephant. Each interprets the animal from their limited point of view. 

The elephant is like:

  • a snake.
  • a spear.
  • a fan.
  • a tree trunk.
  • a wall.
  • a rope.
Then comes the question: is each one right, or are they wrong altogether? 

That's kind of where we find ourselves today. Each one is clinging their one part of the elephant, refusing to even consider that other points of view have merit, too. 

Here's hoping we can move beyond that!

Editor's Note: Have you ever noticed how many elephant metaphors there are? Elephant in the room, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, and many more. What's up with that?

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