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self-made prison

be careful of those
who build a life
around their thoughts
and fiercely guard
their own self-made
prison.

I love the company of those who always challenge my views. Once we settle for one philosophy or model, our growth is sealed. Here is a wonderful parable about the experience of truth:

“A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said “This being is like a thick snake”. For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk. The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said the elephant, “is a wall”. Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear”

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.

‘We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.’
— Werner Heisenberg

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