THAT IMAGINATION THING: An Exploration Seedling

Esteemed scientist, Albert Einstein once stated, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world.” We add that imagination now flies humankind to the Moon and beyond. Author and social philosopher, William Somerset Maugham expands on imagination when he states, “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”

We are not alone in our view that imagination sparks dreams and that our dreams lay the groundwork for exploratory thoughts and plans.  Most importantly,  this kind of dreamthink is not reserved for just scientists. Great artists, authors, and inspired leaders have all been motivated by and have become explorers as the result of the imagination process. Is this an exclusive gift of the highly intelligent or is it a power that resides within each of us? Imagination is power for every one of us.

Like the exploratory urge or inquisitiveness, imagination begins at an early age, but as we mature it gains in both scope and strength. The more inspiration and support we receive in our imagination and related dreams the stronger it becomes and the more productive we become as explorers. The most critical and earliest source of that inspiration and support comes from within the family. An attentive parent is the most powerful force that helps imagination grow and expand its scope. Similarly, teachers and school curricula that promote and reward products of students’ imagination further aid its development and strength.

Would you believe that jealousy and envy are often active enemies of imagination? Rarely is it expressed openly. Most often it takes the form of discouragement or indifference which tends to limit imagination’s development. In this setting it takes an unusually strong and self-assured person to persist regardless of any discouragements. The history of humankind holds many instances of where this brave persistence has won, giving to all of us an immense array of discoveries, artistic masterpieces, and overpowering musically artistic expressions. We are blessed by all of it, but we are now in need of a new abundance of such blessings.

We are standing before the gateways of many new discovery areas. These gateways lead to: the origins of life here on Earth and in the universe, the universe itself, and the challenge of an expanded humankind that reaches far beyond the confines of our sweet planet. In order to address these challenges and to open and cross those gateways we need to revive and strengthen our imagination, the dreams it inspires, and the explorations that will give us new discoveries and their explanations. We must not let the jealous, the envious, the misinformed or the superstitious stifle this process. If we do, then we stifle the ongoing and rewarding evolution of humankind here and throughout the universe.

Yes, we know, we selected the modern music of the Beatles to emphasize one of our points. We see the Beatles musical imagination as very relevant social commentary to the issues we have presented here. We close this blog article with one more of their creative observations. Please, believe in your dreams, and by all means reach out and give support and courage to all those dreamers that abide here with you. This is the power that will move us forward.


Image of Albert Einstein by Andrew Zimmerman Jones from

Image of artist Vincent Van Gogh – self-portrait. British Royal Academy and the London Evening Standard

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  2. erobey Says:

    i enjoyed this very much and agree that the power of imagination is essential to human well-being and progress. i have come to the conclusion, however, that the vast majority of people truly lack the ability to engage their imagination on even a modest level. Not only that, but there is a sector of society that actively works to squelch imagination, viewing it as slightly subversive and a waste of time. yes, family support is vital and can help overcome the negative response an imaginative soul encounters.

    • XiNeutrino Says:

      Thank you for your comment, and as my daughter I know you did not get all the encouragement you could have used regarding your imagination, but fortunately you did an outstanding job on your own, and still do. You are right about many who seek to discourage imaginative and creative people, but humankind has dealt with that over many centuries. Regardless, we need to revitalize our efforts to increase imaginative, creative explorers. Thanks again for your response.

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    • XiNeutrino Says:

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