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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
with the rising sun, and calls upon us from every shining hill-top for our admiration, how rarely do we think of it but as a mere matter of course. And water,—how wonderful, how beautiful, how useful; yet how seldom do we regard it but as the vulgar instrument of daily comfort or daily necessity !
All this is susceptible of easy explanation. Familiarity breeds contempt in more ways than one. Whatever is new and rare excites curi­osity and invites attention; while, on the other hand, commonness begets indifference. We are apt to imagine that whatever is familiar is thoroughly understood; while things which are new are fancied to possess properties that do not appear upon the surface. A drop of water is not really less beautiful or less wonderful than a diamond, yet who stops to ponder over the one, or fails to pause and gaze with admi­ration on the other ? Thus it is that the useful, the beautiful, the truly wonderful, are neglected, because they are common, while we eagerly run after more glittering toys, because they are rare.
Nor is this the fact with respect to material objects alone. There are great truths, as essen­tial to our moral well-being as are these natural elements to physical life, which, from their fami­liarity, are apt to be treated with indifference
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