Pointing to a tree close at hand Arahat Mahinda asked King Devanampiyatissa for its name. The King replied that it was a mango tree.
"Are there any other mango trees besides this?"
"There are many mango trees" replied the King.
"And are there any other trees besides this mango tree and other mango trees?"
"There are many other trees" replied the King "but they are not mango trees".
"And are there besides these mango trees and those which are not mango, yet other trees?"
"There is this mango tree", said the king.
"Thou hast shrewd wit, O Ruler of Men" said Arahat Mahinda
Blinders are a set of leather straps attached to the bridle of a horse to prevent it from seeing to its side. They are used to keep horses from being distracted or spooked. The constraints of our awareness act like a horse's blinders, which cut the overall scene into small sections, each telling a different story, and none reflecting the view as a whole.In many societies, the horizens of people's vision is restricted brutally through rigid ideology and abject fear; these function like blinders on a horse to channel people's energies into socially desirable activities.
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Against speculative book knowledge, which he scorned, he set irrefutable facts gained from experience. Saper vedere ("knowing how to see") became the great theme of his studies of man's works and nature's creations.
If you do not know that life is dear to all, and putting yourself in the place of the other you should not kill nor cause to kill, you may not see the killing of the men of an entire tribe and selling the women and children as slaves as a horrendous act.