Once upon a time there was an artist who painted a picture for a scientist. She gave it to him and hung it on his wall. She noticed that he was looking at it too closely and would not be able to see the big picture. She said, "Stand back here with me."
He replied, "It looks like it is a compound of pigments, some type of material." She said, "I know, come back here with me to be able to see the big picture." He said, "I only look at things scientifically. You know, people talking about looking at the big picture have done terrible things in the name of the big picture!" Then he got out a little magnifying glass and studied a corner of the picture intently. She said, "Look, you know I would not do anything terrible in the name of the big picture. Now would you just come back here and look at the big picture?"
He said, "It's not scientific to look at the big picture. No....and the science of me, that is what is tested and verifiable." Then, he got out a knife to take a scraping of the picture. His friend came forward, grabbed his hand and said, "Stop! What do you think you're doing?" He replied, "I have to test the materials of it to be able to make some observations."
She said, "You're going to ruin it! You should have stood back to observe it with me if you wanted to make observations. But I can see that you do not want to see the big picture. You know, that is really ashame because it is beautiful." Then she took it off the wall and walked out. The scientist caught a glimpse of her big picture as she walked out and it seemed beautiful. Then he thought, "But I once heard that people who see the big picture are a threat to science. Science!" So he turned away from it and went back to his test-tubes.