the elephant perspective

“A number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: ‘It is like a pillar.’ This blind man had only touched its leg. Another man said, ‘The elephant is like a husking basket.’ This person had only touched its ears. Similarly, he who touched its trunk or its belly talked of it differently. In the same way, he who has seen the Lord in a particular way limits the Lord to that alone and thinks that He is nothing else.”

-Ramekrishna

As I watch all feeds pile in from my facebook account, I can see the arguments posted regarding the Ohio University STARS Campaign (http://www.ohio.edu/orgs/stars/Home.html). Ironically enough both side of the campaign sounded similar, “fuck yah they are right on..” or “fuck no, this is a bunch of politically correct bullshit.” What I found most interesting is that everyone that posted seem to fall into the duelist notion that they had to either agree with it, or disagree. Where did this notion who’s right and who’s wrong come from? This notion alone, seems to create much of the self inflicting suffering on ourselves and our global community.

I propose another outlook, a non dualistic all inclusive side. And here it goes…

Yes, culture sensitivity is important, because it’s offensive and hurtful.

and

Yes, it’s just a costume and adding humor to sensitive situations can help defuses them.

Both of these statements are not in contradiction, even though they may seem like opposing arguments. We live on a planet with now 7 billion people that have many different perception and experiences. As the world shirks through cyberspace, we are naturally being pushed into an empathetic acceptance of each other. And being invited to come back to look at the bigger picture.

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