Explaining to a Blind Person
JOKE OF THE WEEK, 3 Apr 2017
Someone asked Albert Einstein at a party: “Oh, you are Albert Einstein, could you please explain me your relativity theory in three or four sentences?”
Einstein thought for a while and then he said, “I am very sorry, it is not really possible to explain relativity theory so quickly, but I will at least try to explain you why not.
Once I went for a walk with a blind man on a warm summer afternoon. After a while we came to a restaurant and sat down at a table. I asked him, ‘Would you like a glass of milk?’ ‘I know what a glass is,’ the blind man said, ‘but what is milk?’ ‘Milk is a white fluid,’ I replied. ‘Aha, I know what a fluid is,’ he said, ‘but what is white?’ ‘White is the color of swans,’ I explained to him. ‘I know what a color is, but what are swans?’ ‘Swans are big birds with a crooked neck.’ ‘Oh, birds,’ the man exclaimed, ‘I have heard of birds.
And what is crooked?’ I took his arm, stretched it and said, ‘This is straight,’ then I bent it and said, ‘and this is crooked.’ The man’s face turned into a happy smile and he said, ‘Now I finally know what milk is.'”
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 3 Apr 2017.
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