In part 1 of this series, I quoted C.S. Lewis’ essay, “Meditation in a Toolshed,” which illustrated the different between looking AT something and looking ALONG it to its source. There is flexibility and discernment required here. In some sense, it is the difference between objective and subjective seeing, or the difference between analysis and philosophy.
To understand anything–any subject in the natural world–fully, we ask not only “What is it?” but “What can I infer from it?” and “Where did it come from?” and “What is its purpose?”