Six wise, blind elephants were discussing what humans were like. Failing to agree, they decided to determine what humans were like by direct experience.This joke parodies the Hindu parable about the six blind men and the elephant.
The first wise, blind elephant felt the human, and declared, "Humans are flat."
The other wise, blind elephants, after similarly feeling the human, agreed.
I'm thinking that there may a lesson from this joke that we can use when exploring world religions as Unitarian Universalists.
Like the blind elephants, we may accidentally transform and even distort another's religion into a form wildly different from the original through our exploration.