That which we call imagination is from the first an attribute of the senses themselves; imagination is not a separate mental faculty (as we so often assume) but is rather the way the senses themselves have of throwing themselves beyond what is immediately given, in order to make tentative contact with the other sides of things that we do not sense directly, with the hidden or invisible aspects of the sensible.
David Abram (June 24, 1957 -)
Until recently I never acknowledge my own imagination except in my poetry and fiction writings. I depended on books, dreams and films for my imagination stimulus. I had no need to venture beyond those realms so creatively already imagined. Why reinvent the wheel? Books, dreams and films took me to imaginary places I do not believe I would have ever imagined myself. My imagination was more involved with interpretation. If I take any insect and look at it with a Picasso perspective, I will have a creature which has never existed except all of its characteristics and form are from what previously existed as the insect.
Nothing is truly imagined except to look at what already exists but with a different perspective. Imagination is an integral part of creativity but depends upon what is, while creativity is the bringing of something which never existed before into existence. But everything today is built upon yesterday. Only one human imagined the wheel while millions created uses for it. I cannot imagine anything which does not have the possibility to exist. My mere imagination makes it a possibility. The creative part is to bring that possibility into physical existence.
Imagination is an extension of the senses. Imagination is one of the most precious gifts of life because it gives the mind the capability of extending our short time in this body into an infinite number of worlds and possibilities which would take an infinitesimal number of life times to live without it. Albert Einstein believed “imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Think about this. Without imagination, there would be no answer to the question, “What if…”