|First read carefully John Godfrey Saxe’s (1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend.
The 6 Blind Men and the Elephant
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A picture of 6 blind men feeling an elephant for the first time and what they are imagining in their minds.
It was six men of Indostan
The First approach’d the Elephant,
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
The Third approached the animal,
The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
The Sixth no sooner had begun
And so these men of Indostan
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|So the knowledge each person had was an incomplete truth, connected to the truth. They made incorrect judgements because they did not have a complete means of knowledge i.e. they were missing one of their sense organs; their eyes.
Can you now see the dangers in not having a valid, effective means of knowledge when it comes to Self-Knowledge?