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Parable of blind men and an elephant

Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. Each then describes the elephant based on their limited experience. Their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other. In some versions, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest and they come to blows.

The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience as they ignore other people's limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true.

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Last edited June 2022