Going Forward in Truth

I’ve been doing some heavy thinking in regards to life and love. My general disillusionment had started years ago, but in recent months it’s culminated into a perfect storm. I put the GBM blog under lock and key yesterday as I thought about doing less talking of the talk, and more walking of the walk. I was tempted to empty the blog and start over, but thought better of it.

I’d like to point out that, as in everything, caveat emptor applies. My goal is to go forward with truth and integrity, which means approaching things with an open yet discerning mind. I do feel a responsibility to the readers of my blog to give them the truth as I see it.

I guess this is about being a leader, or maybe having the courage to lead. At this point, my leadership is akin to the blind leading the blind. On that note, I’ll leave you with this parable:

The Blind Men and the Elephant
by John Godfrey Saxe via Constitution Society

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!



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