Thursday, October 12, 2006
4Anything will give up its secrets
if you love it enough.
-George Washington Carver
This is my all time favorite quotation. It resonates because it contains the promise of discovery (in any realm) from a humble and brilliant man who proved the premise. George Washington Carver eagerly investigated the mysteries of "ordinary" things driven by a deep respect for the Maker of all things. His childlike sense of wonder and fascination with the natural world was accompanied by the dedication of a scientist. Peanut butter was one of about 300 discoveries and applications he developed in his investigation of the peanut. Soybeans, sweet potatoes, and pecans were also the subjects of his perpetual and zealous inquiry. Refusing to seek patents he made his inventions and the developments of his research available to all, willingly sharing what he was convinced God had revealed to him. On his tombstone is written: "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world."