Wonder, says Plato, is the mother of all science. Bedil (Mirza Abdul Qadir) looks at the emotion of wonder from a different standpoint. Says he:–
نزاکت ها است در آغوش مینا خانه حیرت
مزا برهم مزن تا نشکنی رنگ تماشا را
To Plato wonder is valuable because it leads to our questioning of nature; to Bedil it has a value of its own irrespective of its intellectual consequences. It is impossible to express the idea more beautifully than Bedil.
* The Persian couplet could be translated as: “Fragilities are contained in the glasshouse of Wonder. Blink not the eye, lest the show might be over!” KAS.