The universal and the particular

In the search for the universal there is the tendency to disregard the particular. There is the notion that the particular is of no consequence. And so, in the attempt to capture the universal the one who’s looking sets his eyes dreamily beyond the horizon. He looks out into the far distance to see what’s out there. The peculiar thing though is that the universal is not discovered beyond the horizon. The universal is to be found in the particular. The particular is the immediate expression of the universal and so it is only through the particular that the universal is truly discovered.