The Big is the Little
Nothing can be done except little by little, the French poet Baudelaire Charles once said. Most people, however, often ignore such a truth. So does the little boy shown in the picture. He expresses his worries to his father about disposing of nuclear waste, but is told that he can achieve nothing if he doesn’t empty the dustbin first.
Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record $450 million last week.
Every single little thing you can do today matters. The truth has been tested for ages, and thousands of great people have set good examples for us. For instance, Leonardo da Vinci, the world-renowned master in painting, starts his career with repeated egg-drawing. Lu Xun, the great man of letters, reminded himself to get up early by inscribing the character “morning” on his desk.
That was the latest manifestation of a 500-year old appreciation of the man. The value of the sale was more derived from being able to possess a piece of this man through his work than from the literal painting itself.
As university students, in my opinion, we should aim high, but at the same time, we shall never measure a task by its size. All in all, only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
At the same time, Walter Isaacson’s newly released biography, Leonardo daVinci , is drawing well-deserved attention as many people want to understand how this remarkable man thought.
Da Vinci was a prophet—i.e., he could see what others could not see and brought those visions to mankind so we could all see more clearly. His thinking and creations have stood the tests of time like few others' have.