Someone once remarked that it is our own imagination which is within all of us complements the merry-go-round of life. Much can be said about imagination for without those childhood day dreams that all children have the many marvels of the ages wouldn’t have been made. All through-out history mankind has been inventing devises that have continually made improvements in man’s existence. Then again there is the dark side of humanity where inventions have only produced agonizing horrific atrocities. But, it is the good side of our imagination that is the one prime contributor that induces man’s ability to reach for the stars. And, yet today the technological marvels that are now available have also been a contributing factor in retarding childhood imagination and may well be attributed to more evil intentions of those willful perpetrators of calamity.
Too many times an obsession with devises such as those video games that have become so ever popular now have replaced one’s own initiative to visualize improbable situations where they are the central characters. Many baby boomers can remember the times of our childhood where play time consisted of acting out our fantasies where we visualized that we could do extraordinary things or invent wondrous devises that would save the world. Even in daydreams when in moments of solitude many a time our imagination carried us away to exotic places or inclined us to do feats of wonder. Many can recall someone saying close your eyes and just imagine once upon a time. That catch phrase took us on that magical ride of our imagination.
Even as we get older daydreams and our imagination doesn’t stop. Many a time we often conjure up an idea or invention that originated in thought through our imagination. When we look back in history at some of the marvels of their age the imagination of inventors put forth ideas that turned into experiments which then produced results. Thomas Edison and Tesla achieved world wide acclaim when their marvels of that period enlightened the world. But, those inventions would not have been made possible if it wasn’t first formulated in the imagination of their conscious thoughts. And, you can bet your bottom dollar that all other great inventors through-out history the success they achieved first originated in their own imagination. In all the great works of art, music, and literature all were conceived through their own imagination.
Imagination, a nurturing of conscious thought based on positive or negative influences of one’s surroundings. The good that mankind does is produced by the positive influences that shape their lives. Then there is the evil that man does are often a result of the negative influences that have dominated their conscious thoughts. The imagination both possess often lead to wonders to behold or horrific disasters.
Go back to a much simpler time when the technology of today was not available many a time while reading the likes of say Jules Verne where his imagination was so obvious in all his work took us on that fanciful ride where only our imagination was able to take us too. In doing so and visualizing the wonder of his “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” just may have stimulated the imagination of others which has resulted in many of the marvels we have today. We often wonder now that with all this attention on gadgetry that has dominated much of our attention today will we as a human race be able to continue to use our imagination for the betterment of mankind or will the dark side of humanity dominate one’s ability to transport the world as we know it back into the caves of the Neanderthal? A pondering question indeed.