Imagination, the Source of Creation – Quotes on Imagination
The power of imagination
Everything that is real to us today was only a figment of someone’s imagination. All that we have accomplished has all been made possible with the power of our minds. And no, I’m not talking about telepathy and weird stuff like that. I’m talking about imagination!
We could not have accomplished so much without the bright minds who dared to dream and take a chance based solely on an idea. “What is now proved was once only imagined,” said William Blake. Imagination is forming new ideas out of thin air.
We wouldn’t have languages without imagination. Because, in order to connect a word to what it represents, you need to create a concept which ties it to that object. Take the word field for example. You probably thought of a golden wheat field, or a football field, or maybe a field of study. What you imagine it’s the concept you’ve connected to the word.
Can you imagine a world in which we had wings? Of course, you can! Your mind is already envisioning something right now without you even realizing it! You imagine things all the time, both good and bad. It’s how we prepare for the future, creating possible scenarios in our minds, aka foresight. By using our imaginations we have dramatically increased our chances of survival.
Creativity, wielding imagination to its full potential
Imagination creates the soul found in music, the emotions in an artist’s masterpiece, and the beauty in everything around us! It’s the source of all our wondrous creations.
Visualize a blank paper. A clean sheet with infinite possibilities. Now imagine what you can create with it. It can become a literary masterpiece, a rough sketch, an origami lotus, or just a paper plane. But those are just the things I envisioned, you most certainly thought of something more, or maybe less, in various shades, textures, and shapes.
Creativity is when you use your imagination to create something, actually everything for that matter. As Albert Einstein said: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” And fun it is indeed!
Think of all the wonderful stories you love, like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. They wouldn’t have been conceived without being first imagined by their authors. And while imagination is a powerful resource, without creativity, the finished product may not portray the idea as the author envisioned it.
Taking on a role
Reading or playing Role-Playing Games enhances your imagination. Whenever your mind visualizes something described solely by words, your thoughts make the story come alive. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere,” said Carl Sagan.
While books make your imagination blossom, games are based more on the player’s creativity. The adventure’s course changes according to the way players interact with the fictional setting. The choices the characters make are also tailored to their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. And the outcomes of each action is determined by dice rolls and calculations, set within the boundaries kept by the Game Master.
The truly creative part is when you select your character. You have to think of what race to be, what class, what advantages and disadvantages it has, and what weapons you want to use.
Everything shapes the result of each encounter. So choose wisely!
Don’t listen to those who tell you to stop dreaming or try to stifle your imagination. It is a gift you can use in any way you want. And it’s something no one can ever take away from you.
Your mind has the power to create anything! It’s just as John Dewey said: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
So take advantage of the inexhaustible resource that is your imagination and make something extraordinary!
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