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Remove my copyrighted image of the elephant and blind men or I will refer the matter to my attorney.
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Excellent use of the Elephant and the Blind Men story to shed much needed light on what is going on in our country (The USA, that is), not to mention the world as a whole in large part.

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Just like the people that can't see the forest for the trees.People only see what they want to see,they have no insight.

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Listening as much as you can is fine, but there is only some much retoic that a person can take. Listening to who is wrong and who is right can test the most patient of people.

It takes wisedom to think that there might be another point of view and that listening to that point of view helps you see the bigger picture. I love to reach out to others in my work to gain their perspective. Their insite is of tremendous value.

I have confidence that the USA as a whole has this wisedom. I have see it first hand at the grass roots level.

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A pure intention is actually typing a new resume instead of just spinning our wheels about it.

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Very true irrespective of the country and nationalities.

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Hitomi

We blindly believe our happiness, success, freedom are in the hands of who controls economy, politics, government or even their mean bosses! So you blame President of the United States for your unhappy marriage and you let yourself be miserable? You blame on NYC board of education for your kids not getting quality education and let it shadow your children's entire future? Really?

Sometime I even wonder if there are such thing as "democrats" and "republicans" which seems to be representing something solid and different but as I'm witnessing the arguments, behaviors and the outcome of having those two names of groups in this country in this era, I'm starting to doubt if they are different from each others.

Both are gathered "thoughts" and "beliefs" from various individuals who THINK that is the right choice for the individuals at the time but there is no absolute proof and guarantee that would be the right choice for EVERYONE. As THOUGHTS and BELIEFS change according to situations, environments and certain experiences the individuals have encountered over time, it is hard to believe one party stands for one and the other side for others for a hundred years. So, thoughts and beliefs are not THE TRUTH OR PRINCIPLE.

Both parties can examine how and what happened in the past with certain directions and decisions and learn from them, but it doesn't mean that it would work for us. But we somehow believe that they can figure things out for us and make a perfect decision for all of us.

So what we do? We line up behind the D line and R line for the purpose of blaming other side for not knowing what the answers to all those issues we have including global social injustice issues, local hunger/poverty issues, domestic violence issues, economic bubble burst and high unemployed rate, cyber bulling issues, international affairs issues, health care issues, etc. because WE, YOU and I don't know the answer.

We envision those politicians, doctors, educators, psychologists and engineers are extremely advanced human beings that who have solutions to your problems. And we believe that.

But do they? What makes you think that they are so different from you? Is it because they went to universities where you couldn't even dream to go? Is it because they hold the title? Is it because they seem professionals and successful? Have you ever thought those are the people who also struggle to find answers to their journey to happiness, success and fulfillments?

Aren't we just neglecting our part of the thinking process what we really need, what we really have to change, what is the right decision for the country and for ourselves and why so?

Or are we a bunch of idiots who can't even think independently anymore?

Scott G. F.

Listening as much as you can is fine, but there is only some much retoic that a person can take. Listening to who is wrong and who is right can test the most patient of people.

It takes wisedom to think that there might be another point of view and that listening to that point of view helps you see the bigger picture. I love to reach out to others in my work to gain their perspective. Their insite is of tremendous value.

I have confidence that the USA as a whole has this wisedom. I have see it first hand at the grass roots level.

Veda Horner

Just like the people that can't see the forest for the trees.People only see what they want to see,they have no insight.
Thanks Simon

Joseph Jin

On the one hand, I can see how people choose their influences and sources of information, thereby self-selecting themselves into various polarities of opinion. That seems to be the way of many people, who attach themselves to a particular part of the elephant and mistake the part for the whole.

But what about someone who can actually see most or all of the elephant? For example, if a politically liberal or conservative person gets information from their chosen media, then what authority informs a seer of the whole elephant?

Maybe this kind of seer treats information and authority in a radically different way.

Therefore, maybe all the different opinions of the blind men are not really different from each other. Maybe they are fundamentally the same - at least to someone who can see the whole elephant.

And maybe it doesn't matter what opinion we each hold, as long as we don't commit the same error of narrow-mindedness which has no regard for what we believe.

Maybe the only way to see the whole elephant is being reasonable and humble enough to admit that no individual can see the whole elephant.

Peter Paluska

Simon,

Excellent use of the Elephant and the Blind Men story to shed much needed light on what is going on in our country (The USA, that is), not to mention the world as a whole in large part.

We all need to constantly hone our own perspective by taking a good close look at that of others'. It's got to be one of the cornerstones of a strong, balanced personal development practice. Let's see more by studying what we all experience!

Thank you as always!

Max Mosesman

Did you illustrate the elephant too?

I would like to illustrate along with articles like this.

MX

kare anderson

When individuals with different mindsets and experiences have a way to communicate with each other about what they see (the elephant) they are more likely to be able to innovate or otherwise collaborate to accomplish something greater than they could on their own. And in this increasingly connected, complex and bottom-up world, if they don't learn how to communicate to connect with people extremely unlike them they are less likely to remain relevant and sought-after

Monk51295

love this... like a mash-up of @ezuckerman's global voices and stanford's @peacedot and http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/652 and...

thank you Simon..

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Very true irrespective of the country and nationalities.

Jørgen Sundgot

Not only a poignant comment on the current situation in the U.S., the metaphor also applies to organizations which underestimate the importance of training divisions, departments or even single employees in the right approaches concerning collaboration.

I've seen the fallout from such excercises a number of times, and it's never a pretty sight (albeit occasionally entertaining).

Robin

I get it Simon, thank you!

Steph

So true! I very much agree...and will pass this on.

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