“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
– Mark Twain
But, Mr. Twain, what if we had to?
This was an interesting question that was posed to me: “What if your imagination disappears?”
Well, first of all we’d have to define what imagination means.
I’m assuming that I’d still be able to feed myself, go to work and do all the regular things that can be done almost on autopilot. You know, without having to put myself in someone else’s shoes or planning ahead what is going to happen next. Merely reacting.
But that seems almost impossible. Without imagination, what would drive our actions?
If we get punished for doing something or not doing something we couldn’t make the connection. We couldn’t imagine why someone would be punishing us.
Also, while we might feel hungry we wouldn’t imagine that food would solve the problem, nor would we see what the consequence of not eating would be.
Ok, let’s face it. I would probably die unless there were systems in place to sustain my body.
Now, let’s say that by “imagination” we simply mean in the sense of being “creative”. That is, I’m just not able to come up with new ideas.
Well, I’d just steal and steal and steal. Cutting out other people’s words and putting them together in a different order, taking bits and pieces of other people’s art, sampling like hell and so on.
Which is basically a more concious version of what we’re actually doing with our imagination. So, ye…
What do you think you would do without your imagination?
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Have a kick-ass ₢eative day! =)