What does Blake mean by "To See The World in a Grain of Sand"? How can we see the world in a grain of sand?

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Blake’s opening line is a way of saying that every part of the natural world is important, and that we humans are connected to all of it. The foundations of our planet are rock and water. Sand represents both entities. These grains are tiny bits of rock that have been worked upon by the centuries-long action of water. So, yes, they are indeed representative of the world, in the physical sense. And if you look at a handful of sand, you can see variety and diversity in the size and shape and origin of the particles – mirroring the range of people who populate our earth. Yet from a distance, the sand on a beach looks like a solid surface made up of only one color. The individual and unique grains coalesce to form that whole. This is an apt metaphor and lesson for us. We ARE the grains of sand. I see us here. Do you?