Imagination is the ‘path’ that lead to knowledge. It is the ability to be creative, and go beyond the logic to discover the undiscovered knowledge. Look around you, the skyscrapers, jet planes, internet, and all that technological progressions did not just appear out of nowhere! But through the power of imagination and visualization of people like you and me, who made all these developments a reality.
While the knowledge is limited to the information and facts we know now. As Albert Einstein once said:
“I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Everything starts with an imagination; it helps setting goals and prioritizing them, and then developing creative methods and strategies for turning them into reality. That is exactly how Mickey Mouse came to life after being just a drawing on a piece of paper!
The term “Imagination” defined as, according to Collins, “the mental creative ability, or the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc”. That means, without imagination we have no knowledge on how to react to something we face for the first time! Or, having no ability to interpret knowledge creatively without imagination!
History holds many examples of how imagination was (And still is) most of the times, if not always, the first drive and motive to gain more knowledge; and many great scientists and inventors came up with their greatest ideas and discoveries through their imagination and curiosity for more knowledge.
A classical example in science, Sir Isaac Newton, who… I would say… without his imagination we would be still living in the dark ages. We all know about the popular story behind the gravitation. Newton was resting under an apple tree, when an apple fell down. And that was when he started thinking of what made the apple, hanging on the tree, to move toward the ground. Therefore, he started asking questions that have not been asked before and didn’t rely on the knowledge he had only, but used his imagination in thirst of more knowledge and answers to his questions.
It wasn’t the mere knowledge that brought to us the law of gravity (and many other laws and inventions by other scientists throughout the history) but the imagination, the eagerness and curiosity of the beholder. And not only the science, but also the great art and literature were built on imagination (examples: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling; Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, and The Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, to name just a few)
On a personal level, imagination helps us change our lives. When we want something, we keep thinking about it, day dreaming about it, and imagining having it; and this is how we attract what we want. Visualize to materialize! The imaginary thoughts are what shape our lives. Positive thoughts stimulate us with positive energy; while the negative ones have a bad effect on our life. We become what we dream.
Additionally, the more we imagine and daydream, the more we discover how powerful and potential we are. It is the power of imagination that gives us knowledge about ourselves and how to form our lives the way we want!
I would say without imagination, we wouldn’t be here now and we wouldn’t reach that amount of knowledge we have now. The trigger that moved the scientists, inventors, and artists was theirs ability to travel beyond the static boring logic and unleash their imagination for new information and knowledge.
As once my English instructor said, every time I dive into my imagination, I find pearls of new knowledge. So, depending on the way you look at it, 1+1=3 may be possible!