28 July 2006

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT: John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend

It 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 approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"

The Third approach'd the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," -quoth he- "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee:
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," -quoth he,-
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"

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 Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," -quoth he,- "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!


So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean;

And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

I love this story as use it quite often. It is one of my favorite theme stories, and believe it is very relevant in what is going on in the Middle East as well as the rest of the world.

Early this morning, I picked my husband up from the airport, as he was arriving back from a 2 week business trip in Malaysia. Now, as you probably know, Malaysia is a hugely Muslim country, yet, when he comes back, he sings the praises of the people there, about how generous and how nice they are.

So why the wars?

My take?

I believe it has a lot to do with oil companies making profits.

I also believe it has a lot to do with Iran developing nuclear weapons. If Iran officially gets involved with this thing between Israel and Lebanon, then it is an open door for the U.S. to go in and bomb the nuclear facilities. Like my husband mentioned on the drive home, this is a poker game, where the U.S. is hoping to up the anti.

In politics, history has taught us that usually wars are not always what they seem, or for reasons propaganda tries to brainwash us with.

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