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One day five blind men, who knew nothing of elephants, went to examine one to find out what it was. Reaching out randomly, each touched it in a different spot. One man touched the side, one an ear, one a leg, one a tusk, and one the trunk. Each satisfied that he now knew the true nature of the beast, they all sat down to discuss it.
“We now know that the elephant is like a wall,” said the one who touched the side. “The evidence is conclusive.”
“I believe you are mistaken, sir," said the one who touched an ear. "The elephant is more like a large fan."
“You are both wrong,” said the leg man. “The creature is obviously like a tree.”
“A tree?” questioned the tusk toucher. “How can you mistake a spear for a tree?”
“What?” said the trunk feeler. “A spear is long and round, but anyone knows it doesn’t move.
Couldn’t you feel the muscles? It’s definitely a type of snake! A blind man could see that!” said the fifth blind man.
The argument grew more heated, and finally escalated into a battle, for each of the five had followers. This became known as the Battle of the Five Armies (not to be mistaken for the one described by that Tolkien fellow).
However, before they could totally destroy themselves, a blind, self-declared Discordian oracle came along to see what all the fuss was about. While they were beating the crap out of each other, she examined the elephant. But instead of stopping after one feel, she touched the whole thing, including the tail, which felt like a rope. “It’s just a big animal with big sides, ears, feet, tusk teeth, nose and a skinny tail,” she thought. “What a bunch of fools these guys are.”
2007-11-13 23:42:16 補充：
She then said “Stop! I have discovered the truth. I know who is right.”
She being an oracle and all, they stopped and listened and said “tell us!”
“I have examined the elephant with mine own two hands,” she said, “and I find that you are all right.”
2007-11-13 23:43:02 補充：
“How can this be?” they asked. “Can an elephant be a wall and a fan and a tree and a spear and a snake?” And they were sorely confused.
2007-11-13 23:43:26 補充：
She explained “the elephant is a great Tree, and on this tree grow leaves like great Fans to give most wondrous shade and fan the breeze. And the branches of this tree are like Spears to protect it. For this is the Tree of Creation and of Eternal Life, and the Great Serpent hangs still upon it.
2007-11-13 23:43:45 補充：
“Unfortunately, it is hidden behind a great Wall, which is why it was not discovered until this very day. It cannot be reached by normal means.
“However I, in my wisdom, have discovered a Most Holy Rope, by which the wall may be climbed.
2007-11-13 23:43:52 補充：
And if one touches the tree in the proper manner which I alone know, you will gain Eternal Life.”
They all became highly interested in this, of course.
She then named an extremely high price for her services (Eternal Life doesn’t come cheap), and made quite a bundle.Source(s): 網路
- claireLv 41 decade ago
英語寓言故事：盲人摸象 The Blind Men and the Elephant
A Hindoo Fable - by John Godfrey Saxe
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Thought all of them were blind).
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The FIRST approached 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 mightly clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear.'
The THIRD approached 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 his eager hand,
And felt about the knee,
'What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mightly 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,
Than, 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!
2007-11-14 01:22:49 補充：
Blind Men and Elephant（盲人摸象）
Once upon a time, some blind men met together. They heard about elephant, but could not imagine how it was like, so they decided to find a chance to touch the elephant. The chance came.
2007-11-14 01:23:19 補充：
They touched the elephant one by one. The first man, only touching the leg of the elephant, said that the elephant was like a pillar. The second man, only touching the body, said that the elephant was like a wall. The third man, just catching the tail, said that the elephant was like a snake.
2007-11-14 01:23:35 補充：
They insisted their own idea and could not reach common understanding on how the elephant was like. This story tells us that one can not judge things superficially just from partial impression and knowledge and one should make conclusion after complete and thorough study.Source(s): 網路資料