Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gapsych, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
    who went to see the elephant (Though 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 nothing but a wall!"

    The second feeling of the tusk, cried: "Ho! what have we here,
    so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty 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, "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 mighty 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," quothe 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,
    tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean,
    and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen!

    John Godfrey Saxe (1816 - 1887)
  2. slowdreamer

    slowdreamer New Member

    Thanks so much for this complete version Gapsych.I often think of it and try to tell the story but my details were getting a bit sketchy.

    Pardon my cynicism but this is a very good summary of much CFS research.

    Of course there are mad brilliant and compassionate people who really look and really see but they are scarce methinks.
  3. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    You are right. This metaphor could apply to a lot of situations.

    Take care.

    [This Message was Edited on 08/25/2008]