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Imagination and How It Relates

Imagination is involved in everything. It is impossible for the human race to do

anything without its imagination. It molds and shapes our society, our science and our art. It

makes things we dream about into real things. Imagination pushes the human mind to create,

to invent and to aspire to new heights. It revolves around everything. Music could not be

created without imagination. You can trace everything back to imagination. A person sitting

on top of a hill sees the landscape below and thinks to himself, "How beautiful." And then

paints a picture of it. He imagined painting it, of how the landscape would look on canvas,

what exact colors to use. He imagined how others would think of his painting. Imagination

drives him to create and to use his mind. Imagination is what drives the person to buy a

certain product on the store shelf; imagining it to be better to the others of it's kind. Even

animals must have at least a limited imagination. They play, they study things the way

humans might, and they hunt with quick thought processes. Science is ruled by imagination.

Not one scientist could come up with new ideas for his/her field without using his

imagination along with his learned skills. Imagination drives everything, makes everything

what it is.

Imagination is what is responsible for creating society. We all imagine how our lives

could be. What profession we want, house, clothing style, children. The human society is

never, and will never, be truly content with life. We always want more, better. For some

people, they want less. In my opinion, our society wants to achieve peace; to be content with

everything, to have everything they could need or want. We want to have no worries and no

stress. Every day we imagine what we want in life. A seven-year-old child may only

imagine a toy he wants to buy, or a television show he wants to watch. The child's mind only

occasionally thinking towards the future seriously. An older child may think about what he

wants to do when he gets older. What he "wants to be when he grows up." He imagines how

his life will be. How he wants it to be. A smart child will realize what he needs to do to

achieve those goals. The child then moves onward in his life, still dreaming and imagining.

Corporations use imagination to their advantage also. A bleach company puts out a

commercial to influence the imaginations of the viewer. The viewer sees the bleach

company's bleach turn a sock from a dirty brown color to a bright white. The opposite

brand's sock is still a little brown. The viewer may not realize it, but it influences his/her

imagination and his thought. When the viewer goes to the store he/she may buy the product,

thinking of the socks. The company itself imagines this is what will happen with the viewer,

and begin imagining more profit. The viewer wants their socks to be clean, while the

company wants to sell their product. Someone in the company had to create the commercial,

to come up with the idea. There were probably studies done to find out what the viewers

would buy and why. People in medieval times were all accustomed to their lives. They were

mostly poor, dying of unknown diseases, living with unfair laws. They all wanted a better

life, their basic needs to survive were there, but they imagined better. The Japanese people

created, and still create, beautiful gardens that have since become a part of their society. Each

stepping stone, tree, rock and sand formations has symbolic value, which is so important to

the designer of the garden. The inventor Johan Gutenburg imagines the printing press, an idea

for pre cutting blocks of wood, which fit into a metal frame. Slapping on some ink, and then

pressing paper onto the ink. Doing it again and again. It was a new idea, people wanted to use

it for their business. Gutenburg made money from using his imagination in a practical way.

Turning the idea into a real thing. People invent things for different reasons. Mostly to fulfill

a need quicker, faster, and with more quality, or to fulfill a want. They imagine what they

want for themselves or for others. If society had no wants, where everyone had everything

they wanted, and needed, it is possible that people would not need imagination. Since it

doesn't work that way, imagination is required for society to survive. Do animals have

imagination? Some would say no. Some would say yes. A dog chasing a rabbit, it being

obvious to the owner because the dog may only growl in a particular way while going after a

rabbit. Is that instinct or imagination? In my opinion, instinct is around only get basic needs,

while imagination is there to fulfill wants. What need would dreaming of a rabbit fulfill? It

is closer to a want, possibly showing imagination and thought. From one view, the dog thinks

and imagines; it imagines to help it function in it's way of life and it's dog society. A dog

locked in a bathroom may play with the toilet paper roll, unwinding it all the way. A dog or

cat might watch the TV when bored. A dog will stare at something for a few minutes and

then do something completely unexpected. I doubt any of these actions are the cause of

instinct, but of thought and imagination. Wolves function as a society to survive. They hunt

deer with their instinct; but occasionally a problem arises in which instinct cannot help, the

wolves must use their imagination and thought to solve the problem. Each animal needs

imagination to survive in its society. Humans require imagination to function in society.

Little children playing games will not get along with other children without having some

imagination. They require it to play war games, playing house, etc. Adults require

imagination to survive in a high paced business world, where new thoughts and imaginings

can bring success and lack of imagination can bring failure.

Inventors throughout time have imagined different sciences and technology. In my

opinion, science is the method of getting wants and needs in better, newer and faster ways.

Sometimes turning a dream into reality. People dreamt and imagined that they could build

flying machines, which they believed would enable them to fly. Although they didn't work

until fairly recently, those people's imaginations were hard at work. Some of the first

scientists were alchemists. The alchemists believed they could change common metals into

gold. These people wanted money, and were willing to try anything to get it. There is an

amazing amount of sciences in the world. All stemming from people wanting and needing

cures for diseases, entertainment, and better business techniques. Archaeology coming from

people who wanted to learn and study ancient cultures that had their own thoughts,

imagination, and reasons for living in that culture. Science allows people to live more

comfortably. Each new advance helping to rid the world of diseases or to add more and more

entertainment to our lives which get bored so easily. To get new ideas in the fields of

science, a person must look in the gray area, not just black and white areas. According to the


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