Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room #WritingWednesdays



Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.”

They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Every one of them touched the elephant.

“Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg.

“Oh, no! it is like a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail.

“Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.

“It is like a big hand fan” said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.

“It is like a huge wall,” said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.

“It is like a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.

They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated. A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, “What is the matter?” They said, “We cannot agree to what the elephant is like.” Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, “All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said. It is all that and more.”

“Oh!” everyone said. There was no more fight. They felt happy that they were all right.

It is all about perspectives. If only we become a bit more tolerant towards the perspectives of other human beings, the world would be much more harmonious and a happier place to live in.

The prompt for the week is this quote by Anton Chekhov. Do join us in this week’s #WritingWednesdays and make an effort to visit the other blogs in the linky.


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14 thoughts on “Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room #WritingWednesdays”

    • Right you are. Just by being able to tell ourselves that ours is not the only right answer, we eliminate the possibility of so much anger and disagreements.

  1. That is a lovely quote! And I love how you spoke about something that is so relevant for the times we live in. Being open to varying perspectives makes us more tolerant and understanding of other people and is the surest way to reach out to the world at large.
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  2. Good to see you back with bang.

    I love this story and the perceptive-ness you said about. Nowadays people are so one sided, that everything they do and say is right no matter what. When that changes and people start to be more open towards others, maybe the works will be much more better.

  3. This is a great story about how differently we perceive the same thing and is something that we use in our training sessions. They say that we do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
    A profound quote for he Writing Wednesdays. I am struggling with my post, hope to make it before the linky closes!

  4. Perception is what makes the world so interesting.Now the question is can we agree to disagree peacefully?Is truth relative?Loved the post.Linking up finally.


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