One day five blind men decided to find out what an elephant "looked" like. Led to one, each man grabbed hold of whatever section of the animal he could, certain that what he had grabbed was the whole of the elephant itself.
The one holding onto the trunk thought for certain that the elephant must indeed be the shape of a wiggly snake and said so, but the one who had found an ear countered, insisting that the elephant's size was that of a palm leaf. With a firm grip on one of the elephant's legs, the third announced that the animal was actually like a tree trunk. "No," stated another, while patting the elephant's side, "this beast is truly the size of a wall."
Then the fifth, being the loudest and most impatient of the group, clasped the animal's tail and yelled, "Oh, my brothers, you are not only blind but crazy, for the elephant is the shape of a rope" - (an ancient Hindu parable illustrating humanity's many attempts to define God)
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