The Blind Men and an Elephant

by Regis Boff

Jainism is an Indian Religion based somewhat on this: The parable of the blind men and an elephant. In this story, each blind man feels a different part of an elephant: its trunk, leg, ear, and so on. All of them claim to understand and explain the true appearance of the elephant but, due to their limited perspectives, can only partly succeed. If one alters this story to include a donkey you pretty much have America.