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What you know determines how far you go

Ever wondered  why we carry different views of the same things, why we react differently to the same information or stimuli?

By Prechard Mhako

There is an Indian parable about 6 blind men who went to ‘see’ an elephant. After touching the same elephant they still would not agree what it was

“Hey, the elephant is a pillar,” said the first man after touching the elephant’s leg.

“Oh, no! it is like a rope,” argued the second after touching the tail.

“Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree,” the third man spouted after touching the trunk.

“It is like a big hand fan” said the fourth man feeling the ear.

“It is like a huge wall,” sounded the fifth man who groped the belly.

“It is like a solid pipe,” Said the sixth man with the tusk in his hand.

What you know determines how far you go. The person who assumes the world is flat and square will not venture out into the seas for fear of falling over. It is important to be open minded. Most of us suffer from confirmation bias, and this can at best be cured by opening your mind to new possibilities, new information.

I personally, go beyond reading, I watch info channels and documentaries just to try and expand my knowledge. I have accepted that I do not know everything, just like the six blind guys, what I know may only be a portion of the truth.

Be prepared to learn #BeEpic

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