Six Blind Men and the Elephant

Fiction’s about what it is to be a human being
December 11, 2017
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December 11, 2017

 

The men left the elephant arguing that each of their viewpoints was the correct one while still not having a good understanding of what an elephant

is. How does this relate to religion? What does the elephant stand for (metaphorically)? Who do the blind men represent? What could they have done to

get a better understanding of the elephant? Here is a link to the video.
http://youtu.be/iBqgr5xZLz0

 

 

The existentialist will tell us that we are destined to die. In the clip from Dead Poets Society Mr. Keating brings his students into the hallway to

show them pictures of students who are now “fertilizing daffodils” and teaches them the concept of ‘Carpe Diem.’ Is this a helpful lesson? Explain the

concept of ‘carpe diem’ and whether or not you think this existentialist viewpoint is helpful. here is a link to the video

 

In Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism, we learned about how the ego can limit our thinking. In the clip from Facing the Giants the coach blindfolds the

team captain before having him do the death crawl across the field. Why did he blindfold him? Reflect on the lines from the video such as “Your

attitude is the aroma of your heart” and “It’s all heart from here” and “Negotiate with your body to find more strength.” Here is a link to the video

 

In Buddhism we learned that suffering is caused by attachment. Attachment to things staying the same is an example of wishful thinking that causes

suffering. Attachment to youth and our bodies can be a hindrance to our awareness and joy. Discuss these concepts with some help from Shakti Mhi in

her video about identifying with the self

 


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