Who is right?


I came across a great graphic that I thought I should share.


The graphic above shows the importance of understanding the perception of the other party involved. This helps us in understanding their viewpoint.

It is also important as a leader in your organization that when you are trying to spread your vision, to make sure you understand how your employees view your vision. The view at the top of the organization may not match the view at the bottom of the organization.

The view at the top of the organization may not match the view at the bottom of the organization.

Alexander the Great and the monk:

There is a great story I heard from Devdutt Pattanaik, that explains this really well. I have paraphrased it.

Alexander the great reached India after conquering a lot of nations. On his path to conquer India, he met a monk. The monk was sitting on a rock enjoying the beauty of nature. The monk was naked, and belonged to a sect of Jainism.

Alexander watched the monk for a while. The monk was just sitting and smiling, totally oblivious of Alexander watching him.

“What are you doing?” Alexander asked the monk.

“I am enjoying being nothing.” the monk looked at Alexander, and said.

“What a fool to sit there and do nothing?” Alexander laughed at him. Alexander saw the monk as wasting his life away, doing nothing.

“What are you doing?” the monk asked Alexander.

“I am conquering the world”, Alexander replied with great pride.

Now the monk started laughing at Alexander.

“What a fool to pursue such a futile effort?” the monk thought to himself.

The next time, you face an opposing view; try to understand where the other party is coming from. What is his viewpoint? Are you the monk or Alexander?

Always keep on learning…

In case you missed it, my last post was Lean and the Mountain.

2 thoughts on “Who is right?

  1. The graphic suspends a cylinder. Orange and blue circular light sources are directed at the front and right side, casting corresponding orange and blue circles on a gray background. A rectangular shadow is formed in the orange circle while a circular shadow is cast in the blue circle. Arrows to both state these are true. The cylinder reflects blue on the circular face and orange on the body of the cylinder. The cylinder’s arrow states “This is Truth.”

    The cylinder is white because white reflects and does not absorb light. Given colours on gray/black backgrounds are absorbed, would we see these has displayed?

    This graphic suggests verifiable truths are biased and prejudiced. Only proper validation and re-evaluation would authenticate the truth. One evident truth, white is made of many colours that reflect. Black absorbs all colours.

    Now, a moment of truth, black and white are colours that need each other.

    Who is right? Both in error, neither right nor wrong.


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