Bitch on the Blog

October 17, 2012


Filed under: Pretentious Shit — bitchontheblog @ 02:56

“Those who were blind did not know of the elephant they touched”. I dispute this. Put me in a dark room and I’ll soon tell you what I am touching. Though the difference between a rat and a hamster can only be determined by their tail. Their squeak. And their bite.




  1. But, isn’t this because you already know of the elephant? The point of the story requires the blind men to not have this comprehensive knowledge going in.

    Comment by The Old Fossil — October 17, 2012 @ 04:53 | Reply

    • I was just mucking about. As one does in the middle of the night. Don’t ask, Old Fossil: Yes, I was dipping into a book on procrastination. What better way to put off what needs to be done than by learning why you are not doing ‘it’?

      As to the blind man and the elephant. Well, Con, there are many ways of looking at it: Let’s assume he is not deaf. So his mother, or a friend, will have described an elephant to him. And this is where the story comes apart at its seams. Because there are no other animals quite as big, with ears like Naan bread and a bendy nose. So to identify an elephant by touch does take the guess work out of it. Naturally, the blind man wouldn’t be able to tell whether the elephant in the room was white – but colour, sometimes, is neither here nor there.

      Or take a giraffe. Long legs, long neck. Unique. Get a ladder. Feel your way up. Easy. Admittedly, to distinguish between, say, beetles, would be difficult for the blind man. Even one who reads Braille.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — October 17, 2012 @ 16:57 | Reply

  2. Hmmm … telling beetles apart by touch would be hard! I wonder how much easier it would have been telling The Beatles apart only by touch when all were young? 🙂 Take the mop top days. Would John have been the easiest because of his sharp nose?

    Comment by The Old Fossil — October 17, 2012 @ 18:15 | Reply

  3. I’d rather not think about groping for things in the dark, thank you very much! 😉

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — October 17, 2012 @ 19:03 | Reply

  4. There is a mixed metaphor somewhere in this conversation…

    Comment by Phil — October 18, 2012 @ 04:24 | Reply

  5. Since an elephant’s trunk is longer than its tail, I’m guessing that might have been the point – but then again – one’s nose should aid in figuring which end is which.

    Comment by writingfeemail — October 19, 2012 @ 01:58 | Reply

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