Tuesday, September 24, 2013
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our ability to imagine is one of the greatest gifts we as humans have been given. The brain has a science all to itself in which I am sure someone much smarter than I could explain all of this. But in simple terms, millions of neurons contain varying bits of information we have collected over our lifetime.
Much of this information can be reconstructed in an ordered fashion as we learned the information. Such as retrieving '2', '3' and knowing that adding them together equals '5'. Or maybe knowing that 'light', 'switch', 'up' should result in the light turning on. Very basic, but you get the idea that we tend to reassemble all of these bits of data back into a learned pattern.
What if we took all those random bits of information and put them together?
This is what imagination is all about. Taking things learned and mixing them up. Looking for different possibilities. Some would say that much of what we imagine has already been imagined. Could be, but not to you. When you imagine something new, it is new to you, a first time acknowledgement.
When you act upon the imagination, you may find someone has already thought of it. But it wasn't thought of the same way you did. Take your imagination and run with it. Try the impossible that may have been said repeatedly was impossible. Achieve what others may say is unachievable.
Imagine all of the possibilities...
Stay inspired my friends!