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THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
BLIND MAN 1
BLIND MAN 2
BLIND MAN 3
BLIND MAN 4
BLIND MAN 5
BLIND MAN 6
BOY: (enters stage running and yelling) An elephant!. Everybody, come see it, it´s coming, it´s coming. Everybody come out, come and see the elephant. An elephant!.
(The Blind Men enter stage walking slowly with their cranes)
BLIND MAN 1: I don´t know how an elephant looks like.
BLIND MAN 2: Me neither.
BLIND MAN 3: Me neither.
BLIND MAN 4: I would like to know how an elephant looks like.
BLIND MAN 5: Let´s wait so we can touch it.
BLIND MAN 6: We will touch it with our own hands. Our fingers are our eyes.
GUIDE: (enters with the elephant) Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, this big elephant needs to walk through here. Be careful.
BLIND MAN 1: (walking) Good man, please let this poor blind men touch your elephant. We want to know how it looks like.
GUIDE: Fine, come near and touch him. He´s not dangerous. Don´t be afraid.
BLIND MAN 1: (touches the elephant´s body) Mmmm, to me the elephant is like a rough wall.
BLIND MAN 2: (touches the elephan´s leg) No, you are wrong. The elephant is like a tree.
BLIND MAN 3: That´s a lie, that´s a lie!. My hands tell me clearly that the elephant is like a spear.
BLIND MAN 4: You are completely wrong. I also touched it and I am sure that it´s like a hand fan, and my fingers don`t lie to me.
BLIND MAN 5: Nobody lies to me. The elephant looks like a snake.
BLIND MAN 6: None of you know how an elephant looks like!, I think that the elephant looks like a rope to tie packages.
BLIND MAN 1: How do you dare to insult me?. I am sure that it looks like a wall.
BLIND MAN 2: I am telling you that it looks like a tree.
BLIND MAN 5: No, it´s like a snake.
BLIND MAN 3: A snake?. Not at all!. I am sure it looks like a spear.
BLIND MAN 4: It`s a lie. It looks like a hand fan.
BLIND MAN 6: It´s a rope!. It´s a rope!.
(The Blind Men start fighting with each other. There´s great confusion and everybody is talking at the same time)
BLIND MAN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: (all at the same time) No one will say that I am wrong… Take this!. Ouch, ouch… but I am right…. It´s a rope… It´s a wall… It´s a spear… No, I am telling you that it´s a hand fan… A tree, it´s a tree… Who hit me?. Ouch, my back!.
GUIDE: Calm down, calm down!. Be quiet!. Listen… listen… I will explain everything.
BLIND MEN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 : Why?.
GUIDE: (gets on the elephant) Because each of you only touched a part of the elephant. The one who touched the body thought it was a wall. The one who touched the leg thought it was a tree. The one who touched the tusk imagined a spear. The one who felt the ear, tought it was a hand fan. The one who touched the trunk, remembered the snake. And the shortest one, that only could touch the tail, was sure that the elephant was like a rope.
BLIND MAN 5: Now I understand. Yes, that´s what happened and we all got angry.
GUIDE: You got so angry that you started fighting with each other.
BLIND MAN 1: We behaved like fools.
BLIND MAN 2: We were wrong.
BLIND MAN 3: We got so furious.
BLIND MAN 4: Because all of us thought we were right.
BLIND MAN 5: But none was.
BLIND MAN 6: Instead of trying to understand.
GUIDE: Of course, to know the truth we have to know every part.
BLIND MAN 1: We thank you, and the elephant too, for teaching us that it´s better to agree with each other and try to know the truth. Now we know that reality is different depending on how we see it.
BLIND MAN 2: Let´s be friends again.
BLIND MAN 3: Let´s get to know the elephant.
(The Blind Men walk around the elephant touching it at the same time)
Author: A Fable from India
Moral: there may be some truth to what someone says.
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