Lessons from blind men and the elephant in the room
It's an old story, turned into verse, which you can read here, from an old Indian legend. Nowadays it might be considered politically incorrect. But there's a point to it. You may well be familiar with it. Six blind men begin feeling different parts of an elephant. One feels the ear and concludes the elephant is like a fan. One feels the leg and decided the elephant is like a tree. One takes hold of the trunk and thinks the elephant is like a snake. One grabs the tail and says the elephant is like a rope. One feels the sides and declares it's like a wall. Another touches the tusk and thinks it's like a spear. So you get the idea. It ends with all of them arguing about what an elephant is really like. The author draws the obvious parallel to those who argue about things they know little about, but the key line is this: "Each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong." How would you have tried to help them see the completeness, the totality of what an elephant really is? Maybe