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The truth is not absolute An elephant was brought to a group of blind men who had never encountered such an animal before One felt a leg and reported that an elephant is a great living pillar Another felt the trunk and reported that an elephant is a great snake Another felt a tusk and reported that an elephant is like a sharp ploughshare And so on And then they all quarreled together each claiming that his own account was the truth and therefore all the others false traditional parable None of the accounts that the blind men made about the nature of the elephant are absolute truths nor are the accounts false An absolute truth or one that is true for all can not be achieved because of the constant motion of circumstances of who said it to whom when where why and how it was said Instead of absolute truths the concepts or beliefs that the blind men claim are viewpoints that each one clarifies the nature of the elephant Everybody has learned to see things from his or her own sense of reason and logic The many things that people experience throughout their lifetimes help to determine the judgments toward the different issues and objects that they encounter Because individuals has his or her own sense of reason and logic the perceptions that people encounter are ultimately true and not false Life does not contain one truth for any idea or object but truths can be found in ones perception It is difficult to determine that anything is the absolute truth One should not prove that any object contains a true meaning but should develop conceptions surrounding the object Attempting to prove anything then would be difficult if not impossible Our senses from smell to values to reality may
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