I love to watch little children at play. They become immersed in their imaginary worlds. So often, when adulthood enters, that ability is lost to life's cares and realities...instead, it reveals itself through the art world...theatre, visual arts, music. Perhaps that explains why these things are so revered in the grownup world.
For Emily Bronte, Imagination was an escape from a painful emotional existence. When the cares of the world weighed heavily on her, she depended on her imagination to lift her up. She wrote in her poem "To Imagination,"
"But thou art ever there, to bring
The hovering vision back, and breathe
New glories o'er the blighted spring
And call lovelier Life from Death.
And whisper, with a voice divine
Of real worlds, as bright as thine."
And Albert Einstein knew the importance of Imagination, writing,
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
And Ray Bradbury, while recognizing the importance of knowledge, places Imagination above it:
"Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere."
Never fear knowledge...and never fear imagination. Right now I am dreaming up and piecing together in my imagination a Woolen Sea Witch who can tie up the wind in knots! Go figure.
© 2017 Nancy Duncan