Thursday, December 18, 2014
A mysterious elephant and the blind men
Overnight, an elephant mysteriously appeared in a small village populated by blind men. The villager could only hear the sound of the elephant trumpeting.
The village head call the animal as One Mysterious Darwin in memory of the scientist Darwin. That is more polite and respectable than calling the poor creature one miserable dumbo.
After placing out a bunch of banana and water, the animal became approachable. The blind villagers hurdled around to touch and figure out what is the animal.
One blind villager held one of it's feet. He said, "This animal has foot like a tree trunk. It must be strong and unwavering to winds."
Another village held it's tail. He replied, "The animal feels like a rope with bushy end. Suspicious ..."
The blind villager holding one ear said, "I do not know what to make out of this animal but it feels like a large wing. This could be a very big bird. It could fly and disappear in a big way."
One blind elderly villager said, "It can't be a bird. From my end it feel slippery, smooth and pointed. Very sophisticated and probably very complicated animal."
Then one blind lady holding the trunk howled, "Yes, it is smooth but wet at the end. It has a snake-like body that could suck and spray water."
"No," said another villager.
"It is like a wall," referring to the elephant body. "Just can't past through or even push it. We will never know what it is."
The villagers decided to get some consultants to come over and examine the animal. They called their blind friends working as consultants.
The blind consultants came and hurdled around the animal.
One of the clever consultant friend touched the body and concluded, "Ah! This animal is a burden. It is too big and need a lot of money to feed it. What kind of food does it take? How much water it consume?"
While, another clever consultant holding the trunk said. "I am not worried about that. As long as it is useful, it can generate income. This trunk can be used to work and lessen the villagers' daily burden.
"And we can get our consultancy fees...."
He asked, "Only thing is do we give the animal the food first before it generate income for the villagers or generate the income first before giving the animal food."
The cleverest among them was holding the tusk.
"This pointed object could be used for multitasking by the animal to get food and defense itself in the wild. It's material is smooth and hard. Something exotic about it.
"There must be premium value and could generate high return. We can do many things and be very creative."
The consultant at the tail replied, "That is interesting.
"However, we are all blind. The villagers are also blind. We only understand about this animal from what we could get hold off. We do not know whether this animal is safe or dangerous to hold."
The cleverest blind consultant agree.
"I think it would be a great idea for the villagers to keep this animal. It is an attraction and can generate income for the villagers. We can get someone to help them tend the animal. We should convince the villagers in the simplest of language."
The clever blind consultant holding the tail felt differently. He cautioned them, "No, we need to get some expert or someone familiar with the animal convinced it is safe and useful first. If the expert are not convinced, we should not pursue.
"No point of us trying to convince the villagers. The experts will say something else and the villagers will stop believing us."
The clever consultant touching the body still ask, "How are we to generate the money to help the villagers?"
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