Three of us asked our weather app to provide the forecast for the next day. My site indicated that there would be “heavy rain.” Another person’s app said “overcast” for the same day and location. Still a third person’s app predicted “sunshine.” Of what use is that information?
But it turned out that all three were right.
It poured rain in the early morning hours, then there were several hours of overcast before a long stretch of sunshine. This was followed by an afternoon of clouding over and another dose of heavy rain before it cleared up again.
It reminded me of the old story about the blind men and the elephant — whether the elephant feels like a rope, a high wall, a fan or snake depends on what perspective you have and what part of the animal you are touching. And whether the forecast is correct or not depends upon what time of day you are looking at the sky.
Think about the weather forecast and the elephant the next time you are sure you are right. You might be totally correct — and totally wrong — depending on the context. Take the time to look at the bigger picture before declaring with certainty that your answer is the only right one.
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