Instead of brief summarizing the conclusions, I would like to present a charming Persian story to the reader. This story off ers a beautiful description of the situa- tion of a person trying to come closer to transcendence through the capacities of his knowledge. Suﬁ mystic and poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī depicts for us a well-known picture in one of his alle- goric stories, which he called “The Elephant in the Dark”: Some Hindus used to make their living by exhibiting an elephant in distant places where it was unknown. One night, when it was really dark they arrived into a small village. The village people gathered together, full of curiosity regarding this strange creature brought by the strangers. The elephant was resting in a dark barn, but the people did not want to wait until the morning. So the strangers proposed a game for them. They were let 94 inside the dark room one by one. There they were sup- posed to feel with their hands, trying to ﬁ nd out what was the strange creature hiding inside. Their statements were suspiciously diff erent. One of them touched the trunk and screamed: “This creature is some huge trum- pet.” The person touching the ear objected: “Not at all! It resembles a huge fan.” The third person touched the leg and said: “You are both wrong, the animal looks like a column.” Another one touching the elephant’s back ﬁ rmly stated: “You are also wrong because the animal...
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