Fostering the imagination can have some amazing influence over mundane matters. How? Imagination is how technology grows, changes, and evolves — which in turn helps you and me to grow, change, and evolve.
Look at the world of a hundred years ago. Personal computers were non-existent, let alone pocket-sized and capable of global communications. There were 7.5 million cars in the US, compared to the nearly 275 million cars today (even accounting for population growth, that’s 7% of the population having cars then vs 84% having cars today). Air travel was still in its infancy, and not capable of the speed nor distances modern planes can fly.
Why am I bringing all of that up? Because all of these things were in someone’s imagination to begin with. They were a fanciful idea somebody held, that they then turned into reality.
Want another example? How much of the technology from Star Trek is actual today? Communicators (flip-phones, which have actually become antiquated already), data pads (iPads and Galaxy tablets and the like), and video chat are all common. These were dreams of science fiction half-a-century ago.
This is why I find it deeply concerning when schools cut funding for the arts. At the same time, it makes perfect sense when you see that many of those “in power” want to disempower the masses to retain their control.
Hence why supporting imagination is important.
Change is a constant
Like it or not, change is ever-present and constant. No matter how badly people would prefer things to stay just as they are, they will not. That’s the nature of the Universe, and you can do nothing about it.
Well, that’s not entirely true. You can take action to work with and influence, maybe even control, certain aspects of change. Specifically, you can use mindfulness to be aware of your own thoughts and feelings and actions, in order to influence and control them from there.
One thing you can do with your own awareness of this is to help foster imagination. Not only your own dreams and aspirations but the goals and dreams of others. Children in particular. Recognizing the importance of a good imagination can go a long ways towards building an ever-better world for everyone.
Imagination is where new technologies and new ideas begin. If you don’t foster the imagination, you don’t manage to get the incredible advances that have all this potential to improve the world for the better.
One of the best ways to influence and control change is through imagination.
A better world awaits
Science fiction has often been predictive of the future. While, unfortunately, we seem in many respects to be entering one of the post-apocalyptic tropes in reality, I still have hope and optimism for something more utopian along the lines of Star Trek.
Imagination is how we are going to leave the solar system and discover other worlds. This is how we will work out faster-than-light travel and such. It will also open up better means for providing power, curing diseases, and getting more resources to and for more people.
Also, imagination helps develop more means for fun. That’s how rollercoasters and other amusement park attractions get created.
The possibilities for creating new things is huge and with imagination always growing.
The point is, by seeing the imagination for what it can be, and fostering it in ourselves and others, you and I can turn the world into a better place. Don’t shy away from imagination, get into it and see what kinds of incredible things you can dream up and create.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done, imagination can change the world on many different levels.