A Singapore Parable?
It is said that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
The one-eyed king told the blind people that it was going to get dark soon.
And the blind asked, "what is this dark that you are talking about? We live in darkness, you stupid fool!"
"Don't worry," said the one-eyed leader, "I have fire!"
And the blind asked, "what is this fire you speak of?"
"Here," said the one-eyed leader. "This is fire. It lights the way."
The blind reached for the fire to touch and feel what they cannot see, and they scream, "Argh! It burns! It burns! You stupid king! Are you trying to burn us! How is this helping us? Put it out! Put it out!"
And the blind rushed the one-eyed king making him drop the torch and it went out.
Then the darkness came.
And the one-eyed king could not see.
But he was at last equal to the people.