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Comenius - Didactica Magna - Teach the value of meticulous observation

Identifier

020655

Type of spiritual experience

Background

The observation not just of physical nature but as he says the systems of nature

A description of the experience

The Great Didactic of John Amos Comenius -  Translated into English by M. W. Keatinge, M.A.1967

To be a rational creature is to name all things and to speculate and reason about everything that the world contains,…. To know how the world was made and the operation of the Elements; the beginning, ending and midst of the times; the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the changes of the seasons; the circuits of years and the positions of the stars; the natures of living things and the furies of wild beasts; the violence of winds and the reasoning of men; the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots; in a word, everything that is secret and manifest.

Only if he knows the properties of things will he be able to justify his title of rational being…

 

The source of the experience

Comenius

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Activities

Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble