Common things

The world may be said to be a school for the education of man. To the poet, to the philosopher, and to the saint all things are friendly and sacred, and all events profitable. It is a happy world. It is full of wonders. Everything in nature is beautiful and interesting. Air, earth and water teem with joyous life.

Many people fail to appreciate the simple things of nature. They attach importance to, and reserve their wonder for, the unfamiliar and the abnormal. They find no beauty, and take no interests, in common objects; they would willingly take immense trouble in making long journeys to see some colossus or prodigy, but overlook ordinary objects of interest that present themselves at every step. A little reflection will show that what is regarded as common and familiar is every bit as wonderful as those things which are rare and exceptional.

To the inquiring mind the commonest objects, in animate and inanimate nature, excite wonder like any rare and exceptional things. Those that have their eyes trained find Nature an open book of learning. To a trained botanists, wild and ordinary plants, which are looked upon by many as unworthy of notice reveal highly interesting facts. The fall of an apple was a common thing to all. But nobody could explain it. The contemplative mind of Sir Isaac Newton caught the lesson behind it and discovered the Laws of Gravitation. Persons with an un-enquiring mind do not like to know the history of such common articles as pen, ink, paper, lead-pencil, umbrella, pins, oil, glass, brick, or other articles of everyday use. They do not think it worthwhile to know how these things are made. They move about with their eyes half-open.

The common objects of nature may be less beautiful but the study is full of interest. Many useful lessons are derived from the study of the ways little creatures, such as the ant, the cricket, the squirrel, and great results are often obtained from the use of such familiar things as needles, pins, small herbs, plants, etc, in short:

“There is no great and no small

To the soul that maketh all.”

[From All Universities of India]


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