“Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will get you everywhere” – with these words by Albert Einstein in mind, let us endeavour into understanding the power of new worlds we create in our dream and day dreams.
Every moment when our eyes are open, we are in the pursuit of knowledge, we seek and we devour on every piece of information we perceive around us. Sometimes it is an active hunt for facts and at other times, we learn by doing. The world is so vast that no one can know everything, a person is bound to feel inferior every second of his life, intimidated by the wonders of the cosmos. It is easy to give up then and rely on an ‘imagined godly presence’ to decide our fate.
There will be no difference between man and beast, sans imagination.
Humans have an ability to imagine things not visible to the eye – the reason we are called beings of intelligence. Without a keen sense of abstract concepts, we would be Pavlov’s dogs, surviving on classical conditioning. A higher level of existence is created by our ability to dream and then try to relate it to reality. The incredible human mind has taken it to a level where they can perceive multiple dimensions, the physical existence of which is impossible to grasp without the perceptual maps visualised by software and futuristic technology we have created. We have been able to control natural elements to work in our favour, formed complex interrelationships with each other, developed art, music and culture – without which our current lifestyles would be unimaginable.
Everything we can imagine is true, concepts of reality exist only in the domain of our thoughts. In his book ‘The Critique of Pure Reason’, Immanuel Kant argues that our mind limits our knowledge to the empirical realm of space and time – by actively constituting the features of our experience and senses. All knowledge is based on the premise that an a priori, mind-independent world existed. This is the world we observe in our very limited scope of understanding. The world is huge and we can only understand by letting go of our biases, our constraints and our reason.
If we dare to dream, maybe we will know something.