Elephant & Blind Men
"Elephant and Blind Sages" by Blanca Marti

Putting it all together

Specialization reigns in today’s culture. Like the ancient Hindu allegory wherein blind men analyze different parts of an elephant and – literally incapable of “seeing the elephant in the middle of the room” – produce analyses too narrow to be accurate, specialized analysis and commentary are blind to the big picture.

Because all areas of our lives interact and influence each other in complex feedback loops, what’s vital is not summation, but synthesis: a broad view encompassing the whole. Most writers who can do this have “left the Matrix” to some degree. 


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