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THE -DAY BOOK TRIES TO WALK ALL AROUND
THE ELEPHANT BEFORE DESCRIBING IT
'BY N.D. COCHRAN, EDITOR OF THE DAY BOOK
" -, Further illustrating the upside-down-ness and inside-outness of things
in: general as I seeithem, I want to tell you of a little poem or jingle I read',
when a small" boy, that has ever since influenced my way of looking at
As I remember it, the title was "The Blind Men and the Elephant"
The: story, told in. verse, was about .some blind men who had.heard of the
elephant, -vere discussing it and finally went to "see" it ,
' They had to "see" it with their hands, of course. One of them , caught
hold .ofJts' tail, and straightway declared, that the elephant was "very lute
To .another, who, felt a leg, the elephant was, like a tree.
. ., And to stiil ariother.-who got hold of "one of its ears, the elephant was
like a fan. -
Any one, could-see howrblind those blind men were when they saw
things', with their hands. 1 y
, Ysetf some of us are just.as blind when we think we are seeing things'
with ..our eyes-wide-open. -
' ' Your, imagination, will -help you. to fill .out what you can't see, when;
lopkihg,atQne,side of,the elephant; for you get a side view of head, body,
lpgs; "'tusks, trunk land, tail. ' .
' -V If : your' first view, however, were 'at one end" of . the animal, you would
have.a poor idea ,of--the entire elephant '
Sb io."see" the elephant the whole -thing you've got to walk
That.little. story in.,verse helped me in this way: Ever since, I have
wanted tc walk-all- around thevelepharit and see it all over before I declared
what Tit looked- like- ' .
h ' And r had. to know something .about its inside as well as its outside
before; announcing what' it-WAS. t
, And thcjelephant may represent anything you are called upon to pass
judgment upon., ...
- It is easy ,for any of us to be mistaken in our judgment r-just as mis
taken .as. the blind men were when they "saw" the elephant with their
hands if we. jump to conclusions after taking a one-sided lodk.
.Yet we are judging our fellows every day, and they are judging us,
af ter.-a one-sided look and with, as little knowledge as the blind men had
after feeling the elephant's ear, leg or tail.
- ..'Seeing a irianin jail or in church is getting only a one-sided look. And
I" can't judge a man as 'a. criminal'because I see him in jail, or another man
as a Christian because J seB,bim'-iri church.
r . -Tp.dondemn Christianity because'a minister' of a Christian church had
gone wrong;' would' be jumping to conclusions on a mighty one-sided and
. . -And ,it fwould be just as unjust to judge the Jewish religion1 by the
conduct of, the. Jew owner. of a.sweatshop, department store or mafftttdsr
Ox'tp judge the manhood of a man by his membership in th&Jtgpubli
can;, Democratic, Socialist, .Progressive party, or Prohibition partjf. .
?ltyeverirnter,esfe4TW $:kriowwnat party a man belongs toV.or whitf