imagination matters


This is the realm of the imagination, where all things
possible can occur. The boundaries of the world expand to include the deepest
mysteries of the mind and the farthest reaches of the universe. Science reveals
the parallel dimensions of a quantum multiverse and art transports us there.

An aesthetic approach to living involves working
creatively with others and other modes of being in the world. Art embodies
great technical and scientific information. It can be scientific but it is not
science. Artists draw inspiration from nature and the natural world, but
artists are not biologists. The truths and mysteries of philosophy and
metaphysics inform much great art, yet art is not religion or metaphysics. Art
reveals the workings of the mind and how humans interact with each other and create
culture in ways that are different from psychology, sociology, and politics.
These universes of discourses take part within the larger cultural context
where art and the aesthetic imagination set the tenor and tone of our

The aesthetic imagination is the ultimate information processor.
Art forges connections between the hemispheres of the brain by a multimedia
melding of verbal, visual, emotional, and cognitive modes of representation and

Metaphorical and associative correspondences connect the
myriad waveforms and particles of matter and energy with the trillions of
neural networks of billions of human minds. The Hubble Space Telescope, the World
Wide Web, and the Large Hadron Collider are instruments of vast reach and great
potential and they are also powerful metaphors. Culture expands to include
imaginative access to the formerly unknown territories revealed by our
ever-increasing methods of collecting and interpreting information and

From the cave walls of pre-history to the 3-D multiplex,
we come to understand ourselves by projecting our view of the world into the
world itself, thereby altering it in an endless feedback loop of creative visualization.
We act not so much in the world as we do within our representations of it.
Because these representations become part of our new environment, they change
us. Our lives take place, not simply in the
material of the world, but in a very real way, within our personal and
collective imaginations.

What we spend our time imagining matters. We can only
build things which we have first imagined. Things are the way they are because
this is how we have imagined them to be.

With this in mind, we might consider the best choices we can
make to be those which decrease suffering and which increase compassion. In
this way both aesthetics and ethics can be one thing. We can create an ethical
world by reimagining, in more ethical ways, the one in which we find ourselves.

Image: “imagination” by Tullio, altered ink drawing, 2012


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5 responses to “imagination matters

  1. Sierra

    Very insightful. A strong mind makes for a creative life. Changing the way we look or think about a subject can open our eyes to a variety of new experiences. What we possess in our minds is the most valuable thing.

  2. David Meyer

    I very much enjoyed this image and also the writing. Imagination is how we create new and also transform old ideas. It can be used to create good and bad. The same energy used to create a nuclear explosion is also used to create electricity. One creates total devastation the other allows for a more civilized way of life. When contemplating building a new air plane you don’t imagine it crashing into the ground, you imagine it flying gracefully like a bald eagle high in the sky. The ability to turn a creative idea onto something that is tangible is a gift of the physical word. Art, being the median that allows creation to have no boundaries, is only limited be ones imagination. We are all blessed with this ability as human beings. Whether we decide to use it to shed positive or negative light is our own choose. Yet, by just the flick of a match a dark room becomes light.
    I believe, love inspires creative inspiration and creative inspiration inspires love. The foundation of creation is love’s inspiration, imagination being the key that opens the door.
    Thank you for your positive message, it was refreshing to read. I also enjoyed the image of the brain, showing the two hemispheres, being the organ that imagination waits to be called upon.

  3. joe forbes

    Imagine Matters looks like a brain to me, not just a brain but a brain precisely in half straight down the middle. I believe when one sits and thinks just to think, things come into your mind that you never would of thought about if you did not make a conscientious effort to just think.

  4. Jennifer DeMiro

    I really like this piece as I interpret it as the association between the Left and Right brain. Looking quickly, one may think the two sides are identical. However, when you study it the two sides are vastly different reiterating the complexity and contrast between the two. When delving in deeper it makes me wonder how a Left brained and a Right brained person would perceive this piece. Would they be similar or vastly different in their interpretation?

  5. Madjelyn Cuevas

    This piece of art work is very simple but also captures just how fascinating the mind is, as well as the poem. It is in a way insane how the mind works and how it can change in a split second. The mind protects us and allows us to function in this world. We all function differently because our brains are all different. Which allows us to use our imagination differently and creatively.

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