Because we fail to notice that we fail to notice

A black and white photo-montage of two men talking in a large, plush reception room with high ceiling - they have failed to notice a large elephant behind them balancing on a swivel chair - on the floor are warning signs about the elephant

Afterwards Tom and Eric weren't exactly sure at which point during their discussion the elephant had entered the room by David Blackwell., on Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The range of what we think and do
is limited by what we fail to notice
And because we fail to notice
that we fail to notice
there is little that we can do
to change
until we notice
how failing to notice
shapes our thoughts and deeds

A poem by R.D. Laing

h/t to Tethys in comments at Pharyngula, who offered it in the context of social justice discussions.

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