I often wonder how the sun rises every morning and sets every evening without delay; a well regulated activity. Who is behind this well regulated activity that never fails?

I also wonder about the fishes in the ocean, the animals on land, where do they come from?

I never stopped wondering about the beautiful earth made for us, a temporary abode, yet so rich and bounteous in all it offered.

Neither have I stopped wondering how the germination, growth, maturity and regeneration occur. Who does the work?

I still wonder about the activities on our farms: we plant rice and reap rice, when we plant beans, we reap only beans, everywhere on the faces of the earth, and it is the same result. What should this teach us?

I keep wondering until I came to the realization of a phenomenon of the physical and natural world that exists without civilization which is called “nature”.

Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better”. This draws an insight into nature, describing it as ‘a territory of knowledge where every human can learn for a better tomorrow’.  One of the knowledge it instils is the ability to work in team. Nature teaches us on how individuals can benefits from each other. For example, for a plant to grow there must be the presence of a soil, seed, sunlight, water and so on. Without all these, the plant can never survive. However, once all these are put in place, the plant then survives.

This teaches us that for a better tomorrow, we need to work as a team, and like my grandmother would always say, “If you want to go far in life, learn to work as a team”.

Gary Snyder asserts, “Nature is not a place to visit, it is a home”. There is this feeling of assurance we develop when at home than in distance and since it is a home, we should never be scared of the home, rather be bold. Never be afraid to try, remember amateurs built the ark, professionals built the titanic.

Secondly, nature teaches also the ability to live for others. Albert Einstein articulates, “Only a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile”.  This statement expresses that nothing in nature is for itself. A good illustration is apparent in that: rivers produce water, but they don’t drink it; trees produce fruits, but they don’t eat it; sun produces heat, but they don’t use it. Consequently, Nature is teaching us that we rise by lifting others, and also live to help other rise. Life is too short, let’s always live to raise those who had fallen, because living for others is the way of life.

Conclusively,  understand the secret behind nature because it is full of imaginations and knowledge, but we never noticed because we were too busy trying to create one. Just as the modern civilization has developed through controlling nature and exploiting its resources, nature still remains an abode where we can learn for a better tomorrow.

By

MOYEGUN JOSEPH

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