The Power of Imagination

Dear Readers,

I often forget how truly powerful and vast our imaginations can be, and nothing reminds me more than the reading of a book. I’ve lost count of the numbers of times that I have felt such a deep connection to characters in a novel that I experience a sort of deep sadness when the book is complete. And I’m sure I’m not the only one that has felt disappointment, and even anger, when a film adaptation of a book is horrendous or a character is depicted in a way that did not necessarily match up with who I pictured in my mind. And when this happens, I often think back to something my 12th grade English teacher told me: “I stay far away from film adaptations because I don’t want the image of the book and its characters to be ruined. They’re mine.”

And she was right: our imagination, this powerful thing, belongs to us. It is amazing that we can take words and create them into meanings and imagery that apply to us and reflect certain aspects about ourselves. It’s amazing how we can take the words of someone else and make them part of ourselves. And it is even more amazing that one author’s imagination can ignite inspiration in someone else. The same goes for any artist.

This is why I love reading and writing, and why I wish so much more emphasis was placed on these subjects as opposed to science and math. It is often said that children should be encouraged to dream and use their imagination. This is true, but why should they stop as they get older? I don’t think many realize that imagination is what writing is all about. For example, a teacher or professor may give an essay or presentation assignment on a book, and receive an immense variety of topics and themes that stood out to each student individually. I found it so interesting to listen and read about aspects of a novel or play that I never thought about or perhaps see a view on a character I never considered. It was like getting a sneak peek into the minds of my peers, understanding them a bit more.

Growing up, my favorite books for my brother and I were After Hamelin, Marco Millions, and of course, Harry Potter. We often talked and joked about why we liked them so much, and we eventually agreed that they took us to a different world. Our bodies may have been snuggled in our beds, but our minds and imaginations were taken on an amazing journey that we wished would never end. Have you ever looked up from a book you were reading and forgot that you were in the real world? Yeah, it was like that, and I hope that Kingdom of the Sun can give you the same feeling.

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

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Posted on August 8, 2013, in About Me, Education, Kingdom of the Sun and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Smiles. Your post brought me back to my youth. I was the youngest, the Vietnam war was all over the news, and there was war in my home. Even back then ( I was 7-8) second and third grade, I guess, I was acutely aware of the suffering around me and relied heavily on the escapes of reading, writing and my own little explorations and adventures in a “turn -of-century” town in Florida. As imperfect as life was, I have some perfect memories of that time in my life. My imagination was a vehicle, and a means of escape..

    • I completely understand. “Escape” is the key word that makes our books and writings such a significant part of who we are, a sense of comfort.

  2. I am a little bit older than you but yes I totally immersed myself into the Hardy Boy Mysteries, Doctor Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes.

  3. I remember my dad throwing a cushion at me to get my attention. I was startled and asked what was the matter. He said ha had been trying to speak to me for some time. I was in a different world in the book I was reading and tried to explain to him that everything else around me disappeared when engrossed in a good book. That is still, for me, the measure of a fine read. Imagination in a world of my own.x

  4. What a lovely post, and I couldn’t agree more. I often think about how the decline of English and arts classes, students will be unable to articulate the math and science discoveries.

    • Thank you for your insightful comment! I have actually never thought about that before, and you make a very good point.

      I remember being told a long time ago in college that science companies were looking for people with English backgrounds because those in other majors couldn’t write well. I am still not sure if there was any truth to that though!

    • And you can only be a true scientist, if at first you can learn to imagine. I was always in love with reading whereas science was a subject that was thrust upon me. I didn’t take to it until I left it behind and did a degree in philosophy. It was there I realised that all the great scientists of our world, were thinkers and creators first…the science came later, to back up their ‘theories’ which in essence are only ideas that cannot be unproved. Look at the all the great science fiction! I imagine the same goes the greatest of mathematicians, you have to be able to use your imagination, think in numbers and outside of the box. perhaps numbers become their characters and landscapes! Here’s a read you might like, The professor and the housekeeper.

      Anyway, great post! Sorry for the rambling reply!

      • Not at all! Your comment actually sparked a lot of things I never thought about before. I never really associated science with imagination, but like you said, that’s what science fiction is all about. It’s also funny that you mentioned science in the first place because I am currently working on a guest post about my love/hate relationship with the subject in September.

      • Hmmm…i must admit, i do kind of love it now…not that i understand it, but i admire it a lot. everything we do, is science…it’s physics, biology, chemistry combined and that’s what’s so awesome (in the true sense of the word) about it for me. 🙂 I look forward to reading your post.

      • Thank you! I’ll let everyone know when it’s posted.

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