Thursday, March 15, 2007
A lot of our thinking, and even our perception, has
to do not only with what is, but what might be, and
what would have been. That is, the imagining things
is an important part of our intellectual life. And
learning to use our imaginations without losing sight
of reality is part of growing up.
What is the imagination, and what led The Creator
to make it such an important part of our make-up?
Our imaginations are pictures that we create in our
minds. It is the beginning of possibilities… and there
is nothing impossible to him that believes.
Imagination is considered "a power of the mind,"
"a creative faculty of the mind," "the mind" itself
when in use, and a "process" of the mind used for
thinking, scheming, contriving, remembering,
creating, fantasizing, and forming opinion. The term
imagination comes from the Latin verb imaginari
meaning "to picture oneself."
This root definition of the term indicates the
self-reflexive property of imagination, emphasizing
the imagination as a private sphere. As a medium,
imagination is a world where thought and images are
nested in the mind to "form a mental concept of what
is not actually present to the senses." In the sense of
the word as a process, imagination is a form of mediation
between what is considered "externalized" reality and
internalized man. The term is considered "often with
the implication that the (mental) conception does not
correspond to the reality of things."
What it does…
The concept of imagination challenges our sense of
what we consider private and essentially humanistic.
Imagination challenges our very ways of life to explore
what we can do:
How far inside man can he extend himself, and
how far outside man can man bring what isconsidered
his internalized self?
Are these processes transmutable, and if so, what kinds?
Can imagination be coded?
How do we employ imagination in our productive and
Or is imagination a human faculty only?
If the latter, than to what extent can we mimic
imaginative functions and/or expressions
And, if we can mimic 'products' of the imagination,
what is the essential difference between 'having'
imagination and producing imaginative qualities?
In Aristotle, the imagination bridges the gap between
"images" and "ideas," implying that rational thought
takes place in the form of images, and are stored and
combined in the imagination. Thus, imagination is
implied as an actual space or medium in the individual's
mind, and in this space it has a power to combine images
and ideas to do the work of reason.
Enough of boring literature.
Dare to dream.
What are those things you want in your life but at
the moment are out of reach? Picture them in
your mind and enjoy them there because if you
don’t see it (in your mind), you can’t see it (in real life).
Do you know Bill Gates saw a PC in every home while
Microsoft was still in a garage office? He saw it before
he’s seeing it now and just imagine…not every home
has gotten a PC yet!
Quote of the day
"Imagination is more important than knowledge...."
– Albert Einstein