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55. Imagination and Creativity

Imagination is using the modeling tool of our brains to project into our consciousness any reality we can conceive of, free of constraint.  Imagination is make-believe.  It’s pretending something is real, even if it’s different from consensual reality.  It is thought without constraint, logical constructions built on real or fictitious assumptions, and mental play.  Imagination is creating anything we want to in our heads.  Imagination is exerting freedom of thought.  Imagining is dreaming while awake.

It’s fun to use our imaginations.  With our imaginations, we can create fantastic worlds, alternate realities, incredible art, moving beauty, perfect lovers, utopian visions, fanciful contraptions, magical abilities, ideal friends, far-fetched stories, gods, and evolved perfection.  There is little we can’t create with our imaginations, little we can’t be or do in our imaginations.  Imaginations transcend possibility.  It’s a blast to play with our imaginations.  Anything can be anything in our imaginations.

Imaginative play comes naturally to children, who have not yet fully learned how we constrain reality.  To a child, a simple stick can be a magic wand with powers, any battle weapon or tool, an ideal friend, a majorette baton or giant pencil, a fishing pole or wizard’s staff, a conductor’s baton or king’s scepter.  For a child with a good imagination, all that is needed is a stick and a friend to create a great time.  Imaginative play is fun, much more so than passive entertainments that are merely consumed. 

Imagination is a tool we use for creation.  To create, we first engage with thoughts and ideas in make-believe worlds, where there are few if any consequences in consensual reality.  We build it in our heads, first, and see what happens.  If it goes bad in our imaginations, we can know that and avoid it in reality.  We can tear apart and make changes to imaginative constructions, without incurring real world costs.  We do not have to be practical in our imaginations, but we can if we want to.

In the first book of the Christian and Jewish Old Testament, it says humans are made in God’s image, and all we really know about God at that point is that God created the universe.  If so, humans were made to create.  Our abilities to create are one of the big things that set us apart from other animals. 

 

We have incredible abilities to create.  We’ve created useful tools, protective clothing, supporting communities, enabling languages, cooperative practices, agriculture, diverse structures, beautiful art and music, powerful machines, religious beliefs, dangerous weapons, many kinds of industries, information and knowledge systems, new varieties of life, incredible vehicles, massive social structures, voluminous thoughts, economic systems, diverse technologies, many wars and huge problems. 

Our imaginations and creativity are superpowers.  Let’s use them actively, consciously and responsibly, for fun, and to generate the lives we want to live and the realities we want to live in.  We have or can develop the power to be and do much of what we want, so let’s use our imaginations freely and take conscious care of what we are, want, do and create.  Imagine!  Create!

 

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