Sunday, May 30, 2010

Focus on the Elephant

So often we as people, just like the blind men in the analogy of the blind men and the elephant, get so bogged down with our own perspectives and point of views, that we forget to seek the big picture and the full story. Like the first blind man who feels the elephant's legs and deduces that it is a tree trunk, or the second blind man, who feels the tail and concludes that its a rope, or the third blind man, who feels the trunk and says that it is a snake, we often are far too fast to make supposedly objective conclusions and become ignorant of the wider picture.

Before making decisions or conclusions, please go out and analyse the wider context of the issue at hand. Who knows, you might have missed something, or you might ascertain more information which will change the whole situation altogether. Not doing this can lead to rash decisions, hurt for other people affected, and awkward situations and circumstances that could have been totally avoided. Decisions have consequences. You don't want to unintentionally walk all over other people and cause them headaches and heartaches. Focus on the elephant... Go out of your way to look at it, elephants are big and easy to find.

If you haven't heard of the story of the blind men and the elephant, I would encourage you to google it and have a read.

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