Question of the Day, June 15-16, 2015, Imagination

How do you use your Imagination?

I align with both Emerson (Imagination is not a talent of some people, but is the health of every person) and Einstein (Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world).

Imagination is a fundamental part of being human.

Many people get the use of it trained out of them in many contexts. Most cultures prefer obedience to dissent and exploration of alternatives.

Our age has a strong tension, where the imagination of many has been unleashed to the extent that it has over turned most of the “truths” of culture, yet most people are not yet prepared for life beyond truth, beyond good and evil. So many are not yet prepared to be as tolerant of diversity as unleashed imagination and exploration of the infinite requires.

For me, imagination is a tool that allows me to try out things in my mind, without the trouble of trying them in reality. That allows me to dismiss thousands of possibilities, and select a few with promise that need testing in reality.

Imagination allows me to roam through realms of understanding, relationship, pattern in time and space.

Imagination is the most powerful thing I have, it is the essence of me in a sense. We all have it, most just get taught how not to use it.

It seems clear to me that our future security relies on us all becoming aware of the near infinite power of the imagination we each have. Allowing just a few access to that power is too dangerous – it must be given to all, it is the birthright of all.

True power comes when imagination is the deliverer of knowledge – and the test of knowledge lives in experiments in reality.

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Hi Lulu

Unfortunately we have entire industry’s – education system, advertising, entertainment, news media – devoted in large measure (with a few notable exceptions) to capping (or diverting) the expression of individual imagination.

Our legal and economic systems are systemically skewed to serve the short term interests of a tiny minority, which is actually against the long term interests of everyone (including that tiny minority – but they are just as trapped within their belief structures as most others, in a very real sense).

And yes – I do see the possibility of evolution (in the deepest and most complete of senses), of the emergence of a new level of cooperation (with the explosion of complexity involved in that), with attendant strategies (including technologies) that remove the incentive to cheat at any level. And it is going to be something very different from anything that has existed before. It is going to take a while for some to be able to see it for what it is, as they will have no distinction even vaguely related.

Interesting times!

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