[By Samanza Kishwar Parvez]
Going by the dictionary’s definition, imagination is “the faculty of imagining, is the ability to form new images and sensations in the mind that are not perceived through senses such as sight, hearing, or other senses.” I, however, find the concept of imagination to be ineffable. Nevertheless, with words as my only weapon, bear with me as I attempt to elucidate my thoughts on the matter.
Imagination is a gateway to another world. A world in which the only limits are those within the human mind. We plunge into this world to escape the harshness of reality. We do so in the form of books, movies, music, art, poetry, and so on and so forth, but what really ties it all together is the imagination.
A good song is always a hundred times better when you close your eyes and add a scenario to it. For some, it may be dancing with their loved one to a soft beat. Others may picture breaking windows with baseball bats and beating up bad guys to some hard rock. Hey, whatever floats your boat. (Don’t do it in real life though, kids. I will not be held responsible.)
As I said, there are next to no limits in the imagination world. The senpai(s) who don’t notice you? They have no choice in your dream world! Force people to love you! Use your powers for good! (A lot of lead singers of various bands may not know this, but they are actually married to me in my head.)
All jokes aside, imagination has more value to people than simply as a means for relieving boredom. I cannot count the number of times I’d been miserable, depending on my alternate world to take me away from my suffering. Sometimes life just hits you so hard, you can’t get up.
Everyone has had their fair share of such times, and different people have different coping mechanisms. As for me, I’d mostly just disappear from reality for long periods of time. Oh yes, I’d physically be there — eating, talking to others, following my usual routine — but my mind would be elsewhere. It would stay far away until real life became bearable again. In my alternate world, I am answerable to none. I can go on adventures and feel things I can’t in actuality. It is my haven, and I couldn’t have created it without a strong imagination induced by excessive reading and watching movies as a kid.
It is not only intelligence and knowledge of your art, but also imagination, which is required to create something new. Imagination allows us to innovate. Knowledge is just the building blocks — it is with imagination that we can erect structures out of it.
Every conceivable commodity we have today is thanks to the power of man’s imagination. This can be traced back hundreds of thousands of years to the past when some guy thought it’d be really cool to rub some stones together. Voila! Fire was discovered! People didn’t have to eat disgusting, raw and bloody meat anymore! (Thank goodness for that.) They also thought it’d be pretty sweet to use the pelts of the animals they murdered and ate to cover their privates. Nice.
“Imagination governs the world,” said Napoleon Bonaparte, as he proceeded to kill an entire continent worth of people and take over their land. Indeed, the human imagination can also be a fearsome thing. But hey, without it we wouldn’t have video games or lasagna, so I’m not complaining.
But as with all great things, it has a catch — nothing can be perfect after all. Getting away from real life and living in a delusion is great for a while, but beware not to start mistaking it for your real life! Indeed, merely possessing a strong imagination does not necessarily make you a daydreamer with their head in the clouds, though that doesn’t mean that it can’t!
When you start to favour dreams over reality, you start to lose touch with real life. Which would be super if you didn’t need to get an education and a job and feed yourself and stuff like that. Likely, that is not the case with most of us, so we all need to stay well within our boundaries. The real world shows no mercy when you ignore it. When you come back, it might not be so welcoming. (Yes, I am referring to all the assignments already piled up while I sat daydreaming in class.)
Imagination is more powerful than one would think. Imagine at your own risk, kids.