Parable of Many People Working on a Large Project

A parable: A man was examining the construction of a cathedral. He asked a stone mason what he was doing chipping the stones, and the mason replied, “I am making stones.” He asked a stone carver what he was doing. “I am carving a gargoyle.&rdquo. And so it went, each person said in detail what they were doing. Finally he came to an old woman who was sweeping the ground. She said. “I am helping build a cathedral.”

...Most of the time each person is immersed in the details of one special part of the whole and does not think of how what they are doing relates to the larger picture.


Often we are so immersed in the details of our work that we fail to see the big picture of what we are contributing to. I could see this parable apply to anyone in our society, where we all are building civilization.

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 The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Hamming , Richard W. and Hamming , Richard Wesley (1997), The Art of Doing Science and Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Retrieved on 2012-06-01
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  • Folksonomies: engineering


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     Science Cathedrals

    Places of worship for scientists.
    Folksonomies: science religion worship
    Folksonomies: science religion worship