Off we go into 2017 with a topic picked by Ramana. Imagination. Wikipedia says imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the creative ability to form images, ideas, and sensations in the mind without direct input from the senses, such as seeing or hearing.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein
It is often said that if we can imagine something we can produce that thing. I am not sure that is true in the real world but it certainly provides the impetus for creativity and new ideas which lead to progress and change.
One way we let our imaginations run wild is through day dreaming. We let our minds wander. Remember Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy and other cartoon characters from the last century? Space travel is now real. Wrist TV and radio are real. They were imagined and now they exist in the real world. Someones idea inspired someone else to pursue that idea for real.
All it takes to make a daydream real is for there to be a daydream believer.
We are fortunate there are day dreamers - people with wild imaginations. The world would be a dreary place without them. The arts would be very different indeed. Technology? WHo knows where we would be without the dreamers.
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that
which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and
innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity,
it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose
experiences we have never shared.”
All of that said, I must confess to being one with a limited imagination. I am much more suited to implementing ideas - not coming up with them. It has always been that way.
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