Imagination is a unique gift that was given to humans so that they may be able to see past what is already known to what is unseen and undiscovered. Imagination develops through the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. In some ways imagination depends on knowledge, but no one needs knowledge when he or she is using his or her senses. If someone is lacking a sense, he or she is still able to use imagination to create something new. Someone who is interested in cooking only needs the sense of taste to create an astonishing meal. Some of the world’s greatest artists had little knowledge.
Whatever the artist saw in his or her mind, he created it. Vincent Van Gough, one of the world’s most known artists, was not very educated and used his illness to his advantage. When Van Gough had a seizure, his imagination would create a prodigious image. He would then express this image through his talent of art. Pablo Picasso, also a very famous artist, stated “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ” Picasso did not look upon something and decide to paint it; he imagined it in his mind. For people who are familiar with Picasso’s work, he did not paint realistic images.
Picasso created abstract works of art. He used his imagination to create some of the world’s most famous art pieces. For some people, Imagination is all he or she has for him or her selves. Without imagination some of the world’s greatest discoveries would have never been uncovered. Imagination has an immense impact on the world as well as the people who live in it. Knowledge is stable. It is dull, black and white, and logical. Knowledge is what a person thinks he or she knows. Knowledge keeps a person at a stable place, never being able to move forward unless they learn something new by someone else.
Knowledge does not make a person think; it only makes a person know. Imagination is what enables a person to think beyond what he or she has learned. Albert Einstein was a very intelligent man who believed in the greatness of imagination. When describing Einstein, one might refer to him as knowledgeable. Albert Einstein was knowledgeable, but how did he obtain all of his knowledge? His answer would simply be “by imagination. ” Someone once asked Einstein “how do you account for your discoveries? Through intuition or inspiration? ” Einstein replied “Both. ” He went on to say that sometimes he would feel he was right, but did not know it.
In this reply Einstein showed that he often used his imagination to come upon his discoveries. Although he was not sure he was right, Einstein used a feeling of intuition to stay confident of his theory. Einstein did indeed have a lot of background knowledge that lead him to his many discoveries, but, without going beyond the background knowledge that he had, Einstein would have never been able to uncover his findings. Knowledge is an enemy to imagination. For several times, a person has been shot down by “knowledge. ” Although knowledge is needed for imagination, knowledge commonly disproves imagination.
Imagination may be disproved at first, but society has seen many “impossible” accounts from their imagination become reality. A hundred years ago many people might have imagined a mobile phone or a source that he or she could find any information with little to no effort (the internet), but never thought this would become reality. It only took a couple of people wanting to make these things a reality for them to become real. In the process of creating these “impossible” inventions, many people discouraged the ones aiming for the goal to create the impossible.
Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker and author, stated “All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. ” This statement reveals that imagination can take a person to his or her dreams. The person must work for his or her dream, but, without imagination, he or she would not have a dream to go after. This quote also shows that inventors are dreamers that are willing to reach after their goal.
With imagination and perseverance, inventors everywhere were able and are able to achieve their goals. Imagination is the key to escaping the world everyone knows best. People who seem to know the most about imagination are authors. An author uses his or her imagination to create a world to which someone else can escape. Several authors use their imagination to create realistic worlds while other authors create a world no one has ever seen before. Dr. Seuss used his imagination to create several silly characters and places. He quoted “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ” Dr. Seuss’s quote shows the strength that imagination has when finding happiness. Knowledge can rarely give someone happiness. Learning of good news may give someone happiness, but imagination can bring happiness to someone much easier. A person does not have to use his or her own imagination to be happy because, when reading a book, a person is taking someone else’s imagination to bring them happiness. Escapist novels are purposely written to help one escape into a fantasy world.
Several people use these escapist novels to bring them happiness because, in the world he or she is currently living, he or she is not happy. Several authors use their own skill of writing to escape the world of reality. They know that others share their want to escape the real world, so they use their imagination to bring their selves and other around them a place to escape to find happiness. Imagination is a vital part of a person’s everyday life. Without imagination a person would be unable to think simple thoughts. People use imagination to predict what may happen that day.
A person uses his or her imagination when he or she is nervous. A person may use mixture of imagination with reasoning to make a big decision. He or she would imagine what would happen if he or she made a certain decision. Knowledge and imagination interact with each other in several ways. Imagination shows it is strong because it is always there. Knowledge may come, but when someone is thinking about something, he or she is going to imagine it. Imagination is stronger because without it society would not have the greatest artist, inventors, cooks, and other important figures in society.