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What is Greater, 200 or 2?

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Someone asked me, “What is greater: the eyes of a hundred others, or our own two eyes?”

My answer is that two is greater than two hundred.

You may say, “Crazy! 200 is obviously more than 2!”

Please consider an example: 200 ounces vs 2 tons.

2 tons weighs more than 200 ounces. Similarly, the importance of our own 2 eyes has more weight that the 200 eyes of a hundred other people.


Because we cannot see through any of those eyes. Even if the number were 2 million or 2 billion, it would still not weigh as much as our own 2 eyes.

This does not mean the vision of others is unimportant. Their vision can help us to see, because they can advise us where to look and what to look for. But until we see it with our eyes, we have not realized any importance of any number of other eyes, visions, and experiences.

In fact, our eyes are rather useless without the eyes of others. We learn to see from others who see. Our parents, teachers, and role models teach us to recognize shape, colors, motions, trajectories, signs and so on. Our eyes would be useless without this information about how to use them. BUT. STILL. UNTIL WE SEE WITH OUR OWN EYES, ANYTHING ANYONE TELLS US TO LOOK FOR HAS NOT YET PROVED ANY WORTH.

This is what the Veda teaches.



6 responses to “What is Greater, 200 or 2?”

  1. Ava Avatar



  2. Ava Avatar

    Could you please clarify what is more powerful: 100 perspectives or 1 agreed upon view?

    In my opinion, 100 perspectives win out, because they reveal what others miss. It is messier, but that’s life.

    1 agreed upon view becomes agreement upon ground with a fracture in it, whether that fracture was always there or was broken in over time.


    1. Vic DiCara Avatar
      Vic DiCara

      According to Bhāgavatam, “Reality is uncontested perception.” (tattvaḥ jñānaṁ-advayaṁ) So, 1 view that many agreed upon is superior (in realness) to 100 disagreeing perspectives.

      Do not forget that a view gains strength depending on HOW MANY agree on it. If 2 agree, and 100 disagree, the 1 agreed perspective is not very strong. If 2 agree on one view, but 100 agree on another view, the one with 100 agreements is stronger.

      Remember, it is seldom that the 100 disagreements will agree with each other. When 100 people disagree with a point of view, it gives an illusion that they must have a better point of view, but we have to separately evaluate the support any one of those 100 dissenting views may or may not have.

      Also, do not forget that not every viewer is equal. The view of a seasoned expert carries more weight than the view of a novice. So, the view agreed on by 10 experts may certainly outweigh a view agreed on by 100 novices.

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      1. Ava Avatar

        I see. How much error margin should be tolerated in an agreed upon view? If more than 100 agree, can the error margin increase?

        I also see an issue in implementation, as 100 people may agree on concrete facts, but the takeaway is in the interpretation. They will act, based on the point they see.


      2. Vic DiCara Avatar
        Vic DiCara

        Please explain how a “fact” is proven or disproven. I believe it is done by having many independent verifications of the fact. In other words the more people can “see” it. I e it exactly follows the principle I have given so far. If margin of error means somewhat close to agreement, that is up to the individual to decide how much blurriness in “same view” should be tolerated within the limits of being called “same”.


  3. Ava Avatar

    I like that the individual can decide.
    My post refers to absolute vs relative truth: A straight fact, like the color of an object, versus a relative fact, such as now that this has happened, how did it change you and what will you do next.
    The more moving it is, the more the latter will hold power.


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