Learning the invisible
When I was a child, I enjoyed exploring my surrounding. My family had a large green garden where were planted fruits such as avocado, passion fruits, and strawberries. My mother loved me but strictly forbade me eating the fruits from this garden. It was not easy for me to keep these instructions. I was very stubborn. Often times when my mum was not around I would break into the garden, collect strawberries in a small basket to share with my friends in the neighborhood. These guys loved me much. We would have fun and playing together after devouring avocados, strawberries and guava from my family’s garden.
One day a friend of mine took me in a nearby river and taught me how to catch small fish. I tried once and got one fish for the first day. We made a small fire and we cooked them in the bush and we ate them. It was actually my first time to eat a fish. On the second day my friend took me in a forest to collect insects. We put them on fire and ate them. When my mother got to know that I have eaten wild small insect, she became furious. She beat me and warned me not to meet my friend anymore. What I respected.
Yet I stayed very curious of what I saw in the surrounding nature. Big and small insects, those flying and those creeping. I would always think in my heart, when I will grow up and become quite independent, I will explore more on these strange creatures around me.
Some years later, I went high school. I was happy to have an introduction of biology. The course was actually a kind of mishmash of zoology, botany, physiology and microbiology. Understand it or not, I had to memorize almost everything. The quiz questions were to come from anywhere, and I was eager to get everything from my mind. I enjoyed learning biology because I expected to seeing, touching, experiencing what I learn with it. Learning the biology of insects, I would go in the forests and collect all types of insects and see them live. My school was surrounded by different types of biotopes, including caverns and wetlands where I visited often to explore the complexity of the living.
Yet while I was learning these things I got to know that there are actually much more to learn beyond what we can see with our naked eye. I got to know that actually these visible things were born from the invisible, from tiny things such as atoms and molecules, microorganisms. And this world is more giant than the visible world. How does one explore that invisible world? This is my project of this biology class, to help the learn see, understand the invisible life.