we know our truest gains
come after birthing pangs.
but our dying pains
seem outrageous in their strains.
as with fire death stakes his claim
yet we are purified in this change
and through the game seems strange
as our reality is rearranged
when the earthen vessel is exchanged
for new glory without shame
and thus we slough our earthly frame
yet know our souls will not be maimed
by the Lion who our souls has claimed
He is good but He is not tame
Focus causes surrounding atrophy. Just as a triathlete is in better overall condition than a person who focuses solely on running, a person who uses their imagination to drive their work is more effective than someone who only works. People who have no outlet for creative expression of imaginative energy in their work are forced to corral this energy into finding the shortest ends to a productive means. This focus on rapid productivity causes other important areas to deteriorate.
There is no such thing as scarce resources only scarce imagination. In that great redneck triumph over bourgeoisie intellectualism, John Deere proves Thomas Malthus wrong and the population booms along with food production. People who are overly focused on only what is in front of their faces tend to fret about it and use their energy to convince innocent bystanders that it is worthy of their fretful focus too. People with imagination say, “Forget the mule. Let’s harness an explosion in a piston,” and before you can say Malthusian controversy the Waterloo Boy has a pile of turnips a mile high in the silo. In short, the more focused someone is on reality the less effective they will be in it.
Children’s minds are an undifferentiated embryo of imaginative potential. They have the ability to slay dragons, ride shooting-stars, and have tea with fairies as naturally as bees pollinate flowers. The job of parents and educators is to harness the energy of imagination, fuel it with facts, and direct it toward a balance of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health. In the school aged child, problem solving and creative expression are more important than being able to fill out paperwork. If handwriting becomes more important than logical content or times tables more important than calculus functions we are simply churning out clerical worker bees. Both are important, but facts are the fuel for the imagination. They are an ends to a means and not the end in and of themselves.
When the imagination is in gear the mind is running on all cylinders. As a result of constant play time children have the ability to process and retain far more factual information than an adult who funnels most of their intellect into finding the shortest route between point A and point B. Who masters a foreign language quicker: A 3 year old in a bilingual household, or a 30 year old grad student? Learning is life and nothing is retained that is not lived. In order to be retained, new facts must be incorporated into the life experience. Imagination is the door by which new information enters life experience. If it cannot be imagined it cannot be experienced.
What would happen if we allowed our imagination to wonder beyond the limit of sex and social accolade. If you imagine something, you may advance to believe it. If you believe it, you may advance to create it. And if you create it, you may advance to save the world.
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