Elementary, Dear Watson!

When you face a problem, look into it. Don’t just look at the trunk of the tree, look to the branches because usually, they are the ones that bear the fruit. Yes, it’s important to make sure you get to the ‘roots’, but to know the depth of your problem, look to the branches.

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We all love reading detective novels. They show a significant mixture of human psychology, practicality, adventure and pure common sense. You would have wondered why I gave such an interesting title to this blog post. ‘Elementary, my dear Watson‘ has been one of my most favorite lines from the Sherlock Holmes series.  Every time the doctor is confused with Holmes’ mixture of pure common sense and acute observation, Sherlock would laugh and bring us to this particular line. The explanation that would follow would reveal to us why this great fictional detective found a minute and overlooked piece of evidence interesting.

So what is this post about, anyway?

It’s about these minute and overlooked things.

Let’s break down our subject to small pieces.

What makes these things so minute?

The surroundings! It is because of the colossal things around it, that we categorize it as ‘not-worthy-of-attention stuff’.

Is that the way we should analyze a situation?

Imagine there were two earths. One with a population of 7.125 billion people and the other with a population of 7.125 minus 1.

Will you agree with me if I said the two earths were the same?

Well, you shouldn’t!!

Why not?

Because the extra person is going to live for decades. He is going to smile at many, who will share the happiness by smiling at many others, who in turn will . . .  . .

Well, you get the idea.

And that’s just one human gesture. It can travel all over the world and make a colossal change.

Every minute thing in life is important. If we look into our lives, taking in every detail, I believe we would thank God much more because we would realize the ‘beauty in the small things’ as I call it. And sometimes they are the most enjoyable ones too.

When you face a problem, look into it. Don’t just look at the trunk of the tree, look to the branches because usually, they are the ones that bear the fruit. Yes, it’s important to make sure you get to the ‘roots’, but to know the depth of your problem, look to the branches.

So next time you use this theory and point out a magnificent beauty somebody never noticed before and they ask you how you noticed it, just tell them,

“Elementary, my dear Watson!!!”

2 thoughts on “Elementary, Dear Watson!

  1. This is a delightful post. It reminds me of the Butterfly Effect. Even the flap of a butterfly’s wings can have unexpected consequences. Certainly that 1 person in 7.125 billion could do things that are difficult to anticipate. What if that one person shared the gospel with thousands of people, invented technology to clean up all the pollution in the world, or found a way for people to be immune to all forms of virus.

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