Atticus Finch (Kebir Blue)
| Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:31 pm |
Do you believe from a drop water, a logcian could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagra without having seen or heard of one or the other? So all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a single link of it? Like all other arts, the Science of Detuction and Analysis is one which can only be acquired by long and payient study, nor is life long enough to allow any mortal to attain the highest possible perfection in it. Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the manner which present the greatest difficulties, let the inquirer begin by mastering more elementry problems? Let him, on meeting a fellow-mortal, learn at a glance to distinguish the history of the man, and the trade or profession to which he belongs. Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation, and teaches one where to look and what to look for? By a man's finger-nails, by his trouser-knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuffs-by each of these things a man's calling is plainly revealed? That all united should fail to enlighten the competent inquirer in any case is almost inconcivable?