Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.”
They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Every one of them touched the elephant.
“Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man who touched his leg.
“Oh, no! it is like a rope,” said the second man who touched the tail.
“Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree,” said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
“It is like a big hand fan” said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.
“It is like a huge wall,” said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.
“It is like a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.
They began to argue about the elephant, and every one of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated. A wise man was passing by, and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, “What is the matter?” They said, “We cannot agree to what the elephant is like.” Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, “All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, the elephant has all those features what all you said.”
The Incredible Journey of The Human Mind
Dedicated to: Christabelle Stevenson Clanton, R. Earl “Skipper” Farnsworth, Professor Elizabeth Hope Jackson, Professor Bonnie Brown, Professor Hans Schlumberger, The Faculties of Maryville College and The University of Arkansas School of Medicine .
These are some of the Parts of Life that we have examined thus far:
1. The Torah
2. Book of Micah, Hebrew Bible
3. Book of Job, Hebrew Bible
4. Beatitudes, Book of Matthew, Christian New Testament
5. Mangala Sutra, Bhagavad Gita
6. Hippocratic Oath, 400 B C
7. The Socratic Dialogues, Plato and Xenophon. 400 B C
8. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Harari
9. Prehistory, Carl Renfrew
10. The Art of War, Sun Tzu, 600 B C
11. A History of Warfare, John Keegan
12. The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, Howard Reed and Justin Pollard
13. The Crime of Galileo, Giorgio de Santillana
14. William Shakespeare, [“Ten percent of quotations published in the English language are from Shakespeare.” The works of Shakespeare were first issued in 1623 and have never been out of print. Languages translations number more than one hundred representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe and nearly every country in Asia, Africa] Australasia., Johns Hopkins University Press/ The Folger Shakespeare Library.
15. Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
16.The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
17. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
18. Adventures in English, Melvin Bragg
19. Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein
20. The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean
21. Gregor Mendel and the Principles of Inheritance, Ilona Miko
22. Andrew Norman, Charles Darwin: Destroyer of Myths: Descent with Modification and Natural Selection
23. Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis
24. Dreamers of the Day, Mary Doria Russell
25. Ragtime, E. L. Doctorow
26. The Winds of War. Herman Wouk
27. War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk
28. DNA, Andrew Berry and James Watson
29. Catch – 22, Joseph Keller
30. Genome, Mark Ridley
31. The Blue Marble Soliloquy, Carl Sagan
32. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro,
bbnewsab (PV) and I intend to discuss reasons for the importance of each of these books or manuscripts in subsequent posts. We invite our readers to differ with us and or propose additional authors and their principal work.
The next post starts a discussion Literature of Western Culture, by bbnewsab (PV) and clanton1934 first about the importance of the Torah in the literature of Western Culture.
The Torah is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Western civilization. Many of today’s metaphors emanate from the Torah, for example “scapegoat,”“let there be light,” “flowing with milk and honey,” ““the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” and “signs of the times.”
Also, the Torah maintains that the righteous Gentiles of all nations (those observing the Seven Laws of Noah) have a place in the World to Come. But not all religious Gentiles earn eternal life by virtue of observing their religion. s/ bbnewsab (PV) and clanton1934 (KK)
Charles Clanton Rogers, AB, MD, FACR, Emeritus Professor GWU
Additional References: History of English Language