Thank DOG! I’m not an Eggplant!

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. — Ursula K. Le Guin

It really bothers me when people tell me that they have no imagination.  Imagination is inherent to being a human. The ability to see beyond a grain of sand, a mass of vapor in the sky, or a flying insect and ask ‘Why? or I wonder? or What if?‘ is what sets us apart from the monkeys.

Everyone imagines.  Mathematicians, scientists, and accountants (though we like them not to be very creative) all have imaginations. They all ask the simple question of ‘Why?’.  When they do, theorems are proven or postulated.  The view of world as we know it changes as science discovers new ways to view old problems.

We humans are born with a gift of seeing things for more than what they are.  By the time we enter school, we are told we our view points are wrong because they do not conform.  And great imaginations are lost.

If we are lucky, really, really lucky, we find our way back to our ability to think as a child. Opening ourselves up to the endless possibilities.

Without use, Imagination atrophies.  So, maybe it’s true when people say they have no imagination.

I am not an eggplant, zucchini or a kumquat. I am an Imaginator!

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2 comments

  • Hi, I am with you on that one…imagination…no…you cannot take that away from a child no matter how much you try…it is what they use to fill in the spaces of lacking information. Some days i think if adults had less info…maybe they would use their imagintions a bit more. Thanks Sally http://fatquarter.wordpress.com

  • I agree with you and Sally too! I sit here imagining what I could become – still – to this day even though I am told I am an ‘adult!’
    Write on!

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