I recently overhead a mother condemning a child because of a supposedly “over-active” imagination. www.youthmuse.com Some of us have LOST it! I mean it.
How far down the rabbit hole we have fallen to think that imagining things is equivalent to some form of “insanity”!
We have to stop “synonymizing” (yes, I made up a word) as a lazy way of defining the full meaning of a word. Imagination does NOT equate to crazy mind. There is nothing wrong with imagination. He who condemns it must surely fear for their own tentative grasp on reality.
IMAGINATION is a vital “Super Power” most strongly held by children. Imagination is vital for the creation of any kind of future at all. If no one creates new combinations of things in their mind first, nothing gets done, nothing gets made, nothing becomes a reality.
A kid doesn’t know all there is to know about the big, bad world yet, so he makes up for it with a big, wild imagination now. So what? He will learn all about this world soon enough.
And what, after all, is this worshiped thing we call “reality”?
One day we’re friends because we decide we are going to be friends. The next day we change our minds and all of a sudden we’re not. Did “reality” change? Or did our agreements about “reality” change?” Doesn’t it really just boil down to what you and I agree to be real is real? Let’s just go with that.
And let’s stop compressing our kids into OUR “reality” too early.
I am stepping down from my imaginary soapbox now.
What are your thoughts?