My understanding of Parkinson’s Disease;
“The Elephant in the Dark Room
While this allegory originated in India, our version below is adapted from Rumi's Mathnawi. Some Hindus have an elephant to show.
No one here has ever seen an elephant.
They bring it at night to a dark room.
One by one, we go in the dark and come out saying how we experience the animal.
One of us happens to touch the trunk.
A water-pipe kind of creature.
Another, the ear. A very strong, always moving back and forth, fan-animal. Another, the leg.
I find it still, like a column on a temple.
Another touches the curved back.
A leathery throne. Another the cleverest, feels the tusk. A rounded sword made of porcelain.
He is proud of his description. Each of us touches one place and understands the whole that way.
The palm and the fingers feeling in the dark are how the senses explore the reality of the elephant.
If each of us held a candle there,and if we went in together, we could see it.”
I hope that scientists turn the light on soon in helping millions of PD sufferers.