How do most of us use the hours we spend at ease? Don’t we imagine? We watch movies and TV shows, listen to the radio, read books and magazines, surf the net, and we fill in all the innumerable gaps between the pictures, the sounds, and the words with our imaginations. Thus, most of the world, those vast stretches of land, sea, and air beyond the reach of our footsteps we know through our imaginations. Because we can be anywhere in our imaginations, we think we can judge people we will never meet, know countries we have no intention of ever visiting, and understand subjects we have never studied.
Do we fully appreciate the power of our imaginations? How much thought do we give the matter, but doesn’t that power drive us to do many things we would not otherwise do? From our imaginations grows the world as we would wish it to be. From our imaginations we learn desires for things we do not have, sometimes for things impossible. We live in a world filled with images and words of every imagining. What does this do to us? Does it make the lords of our imaginations the rulers of our world?
In past times what men imagined became their gods. With the power of movies and TV shows, the radio, books and magazines, and the Internet, could our rulers make us imagine that they are our gods?
Who controls what we imagine? Who controls what our children imagine? Are we thoughtful consumers or a hapless victims?
Of The Posts To Come
- What Leads To Foolish Fantasies? — October 7, 2014
- What Is the Purpose Of Imagination? — October 7, 2014
- The Call To Make Use Of Our Fading Opportunities — October 12, 2014