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Wonder


People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and they pass themselves by without wondering.


I came across these lines written by St Augustine in a book on neuro-linguistic programming.  Living in a world in which I witness the belittling of people through ingenious ways for varied motives by people occupying positions of immense responsibility, I’m left wondering when we will discover the wonder that every individual is.   

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  1. I agree with you..Every individual is a marvel waiting to be discovered...

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    1. No one has the time to discover the individual, Preethi. People are busy probing bodies. My next blog will be on that.

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    2. wonders are many, but none is more wonderful than man!!!!!!!!






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  2. wonders are many but none is more wonderful than man!!!!!

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  3. ...when we will discover the wonder that every individual is... UNIQUE! Actually when I wander in this Urban Jungle of Mumbai, and see numberless squatters along the streets, it occurs to me that each person is an Epic that no one reads.

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    1. Right, Remi, every one those hapless persons will have more moving stories to narrate than the best novelists.

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  4. As I read the post I couldn't help but remember a quote by Edgar Allen Poe,
    It is a happiness to wonder, it is a happiness to dream!

    To discover the wonder that every individual is, is a dream :)

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    1. Discovering the wonder that your closest people are is possible, I guess.

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  5. Beautiful lines. I have never been interested in literature and poems but sometimes you find the most interesting ones.

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