Snyder, George L Snyder, Lenore Snyder, God, ethics, morals, religion

The Elephant Speaks
One Man’s Elephant book II

The Blind Woman and Card Weaving


            I have done some card weaving. If you want to learn more about the process, you can look it up on the internet. I was giving a demonstration and was showing people how it was done. Suddenly, I realized that one of the interested observers was blind. So I asked her to feel of the cards, the fabric, and the apparatus I was using to hold the project.




And, God speaks to me:


          “If you think you can see better than others, you might be wrong. Perhaps the one you think is blind may have better vision than you. Just because your eyes function, and hers do not, does not mean your view of Me is more accurate. Perhaps the ability to see interferes with your ability to see




            I stopped my description of the process. I needed to find out how to communicate with this woman. I asked her, “Have you ever been able to see?”


            She answered, “Yes.”


            I then said, “Then you do understand colors?”


            She again answered, “Yes.”


            I continued the demonstration, watching her to be sure she understood what I was doing. I did modify my description of the process, adding words to describe what others could see, and putting the work into her hands so she could feel what was going on. Weaving is a visual thing, and I was pleased to note that in spite of her blindness, she comprehended the color and pattern changes better than many others.




You can see without understanding. You can understand without seeing.


Is seeing done only with the eyes? Cannot you also see with your intellect? Cannot you also see with your soul?


            When someone cannot see, perhaps you are not properly demonstrating. After all, I did modify the description to compensate. When you are not able to help someone understand, should you not assume some of the responsibility?


            Remember, you too are blind and cannot see the elephant!


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