What Is Imagination?

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

Imagination decides everything. Imagination is a powerful force in human beings. It can override our reason but it can also lead to either truths or falsehoods. We may see beauty, justice, or happiness where it does not really exist because of imagination. Imagination leads us astray but it also leads us into a world that is completely our own, uninhabited by any other, specifically unique to us and our psyche, our wills, our wishes, our fears and our dreams. Imagination lets us soar up above higher than the naked eye can see or drown in the misery of our deepest and darkest fears.

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination” – Henry David Thoreau

So, what is imagination? It is the emotion of intellect? If it can override our reason, according to Blaise Pascal, and reason is birthed by intellect then imagination can not stem from the very thing that overrides it. If it did, it would be going against itself, it would be a contradiction. It, being, reason and intellect.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

What is there besides emotion and intellect? Is there a third component that is not being considered? Such as, lets say, animalistic instincts thought by Freud to be our “id”. We are at the end of the day animals and we lust and crave for things beyond reason and beyond imagination. While imagination may be necessary for some of the things we lust after, we can be creatures of impulse and engage in pure animalistic behaviors that do not include reason or imagination.

“Imagination rules the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Emotions are governed by the heart (soul) and intellect is governed by the brain (mind). So what are our animalistic desires and actions governed by? Could it be the absence of both of those things momentarily. Is that when we “lose our self?”

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

Do the soul and mind differ? How so? In what ways? Which, if either, belong to the body? Can either exist without the other, without a host, a body?

“The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” -Helen Keller

Where does will fit in? Will drives emotion, will drives intellect, the two are sisters birthed by the same force within all human beings; will. Which means imagination is will and will itself can will truth or falsehood. Will is also what leads to define truth or falsehood. Will shapes our perceived reality.  Therefore, life is a world constructed by every persons will. Therefore we have will over our own fates and it is not ruled by the Gods and our fate is not sealed as one could think from reading Sophocles, Oedipus. Free will vs. destiny is the major theme argued during the reading of Oedipus. Am I assuming though that will is automatically free? Is there such a will that differs from free will? Is imagination just our will unleashed, gone wild without the boundaries of logic and society?

“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you EVERYWHERE.” – Albert Einstein

Blaise Pascal’s studied the philosophy of the mind. He studied the nature of the mind. He studied mental events/ functions/ properties/ consciousness/ and their relationships to the physical body, particularly the brain. He was a principle voluntarist and had the theory that the will rather than the intellect is the ultimate principle of reality. He believed that will is superior to both intellect and emotion. What do you believe? What governs humanity as a whole and what is it that governs you?

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – Unknown

Where can imagination take you? Imagination can take you anywhere.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein


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