Perspective

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are going camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce".

Watson: "I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life".

Holmes: "Watson, you idiot, somebody's stolen our tent!".

— Sherlock Holmes

Once upon a time, there was a chinese farmer.

One day his horse ran away. All the neighbours came around that evening, and said “That is too bad!”, and he said, “Maybe”.

The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it. All the neighbours came around that evening, and said, “That is great!”, and he said, “Maybe”.

The next day his son was attempting to tame one of these horses, and while riding, he was thrown and broke his leg. All the neighbours came around that evening, and said, “That is too bad!”, and he said, “Maybe”.

The next day the conscription officers came around looking for people for the army. They rejected his son because he had a broken leg. All the neighbours came around that evening, and said “Isn’t that wonderful!”, and he said,

“Maybe”

— Chinese Parable

A giant engine in a factory failed. The factory owners had spoken to several ‘experts’ but none of them could show the owners how they could solve the problem.

Eventually the owners brought in an old man who had been fixing engines for many years. After inspecting the huge engine for a minute, the old man pulled a hammer out of his tool bag and gently tapped on the engine.

Immediately the engine sprung back into life.

A week later the owners of the business received an invoice from the old man for £10,000. Flabbergasted, they wrote to the old man asking him to send through an itemised bill. The man replied with a bill that said:

Tapping with a hammer: £2.00.

Knowing where to tap: £9,998.00.

— Unknown

He took into perspective three different points of view. One, his soldier’s point of view. Two, his enemies point of view. And finally, the point of view of the resulting culture.