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The Blind Men and the Elephant by David Schmaltz

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THE ELEPHANT 2

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It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.

—From “The Blind Men and the        Elephant,” by John Godfrey Saxe

AN ELEPHANT WE CANNOT SEE

Each project engagement reminds me again of these blind men around an elephant. Each blind man discovers a piece of an overall ungraspable whole. From within each individual’s personal experience, it seems only reasonable to conclude that everyone else arrayed around the beast experiences this animal as he does, that his personal experience reasonably mirrors every other’s, ...

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