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The Infinite Aspects of All Realities
A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”.
So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said “This being is like a thick snake”.
For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar-like, a tree trunk. The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said, “Elephant is a wall”.
Another who felt its tail described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.”
Whenever anyone takes a partial, unconditional view of the ultimate reality and denies the possibility of another aspect of that reality, it is an instance of the above parable and a defective view. All reality has infinite aspects and attributes, all assertions can only be relatively true. This does not mean scepticism or doubt is the right path to knowledge, but that any philosophical assertion is only conditionally, partially true. Any and all viewpoints, that do not admit an exception are false views.
– Author Unknown
Meditation: And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.1 Corinthians 8:2
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