Child Is The Father Of A Man
“Child is the father of a man”,a Wordsworth statement means that the qualities exhibited by a child will deepen and appear in a marked form when the child grows up into a man. By observing and studying the behavior and the tendencies of a child we can form an idea as to what sort of man he will develop into.
Therefore childhood may be taken as basis ofone’s manhood. It is in this sense that the child has been called the father of man. The biographies of several great men show that their character and achievements had appeared in their early childhood. An average child with no remarkable qualities will rarely develop into a remarkable man but a child with striking qualities will grow into one with those qualities. Napoleon in his childhood used to 'play' fighting and had great enthusiasm for mock-warfare. Later on, as we know, he distinguished himself as one of the greatest military geniuses of the world. His childhood, therefore, showed unmistakable signs of the direction his mind subsequently took. Similarly, David Lingstone used to play exploring when he was still a boy. Eventually he became one of the greatest explorers of the world. He penetrated into the thick, unexplored forests of Africa and discovered regions unvisited before. Shivaji, who as a child was fond of listening to stories of bravery & heroism, grew up into a warrior himself. There are many examples like these people who gave shadow of their future in their childhood. Sometimes inborn talent may be suppressed through total neglect or misdirected training. Then the child may not get an opportunity to develop its natural bent of mind, but in the long run, talent or passion for a particular work will definitely emerge and the man will achieve distinction in the sphere to which he properly belongs. The parents should carefully watch the child and note his leanings so that if it displays a keen preference for a particular branch of knowledge, an...
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