MIDWAY : Power of imagination

Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. Indeed, imagination can lead people to places where they never thought they could go. It is the path from ignorance to light.

It’s no surprise then that most of the big scientific discoveries have been made by the people with strong imagination. True knowledge springs from self-realisation which is possible through fertile imagination, rather than through other people and books. Most creative works are works of imagination. One should let one’s imagination roam. But if people cannot get out of the rut of the existing knowledge, knowledge itself cannot expand in the world.

Some believe human beings are made in the image of God. If so, then there is every possibility of discovering untold riches within oneself. Deep awareness of one’s potentialmakes the impossible possble.

What led the Wright brothers to assemble an aeroplane when no implement remotely resembling their craft had ever been built? It was indeed their power of imagination that inspired them to push ahead to build a flying object. The same was the case with Isaac Newton whose imagination was piqued by a falling apple. Action always followed imagination and ideas. Laxmi Prasad Devkota is another example. He had the most incredible power of imagination, which helped establish him as the greatest Nepali poet.

As the saying goes, if a person aims for the stars and puts all his effort into it, even if he doesn’t reach his destination, he’ll not end up with a handful of dust. It is imagination which gives one’s dream fulfilment. Seeing oneself as one wants to be seen helps overcome many obstacles. No doubt, imagination alone is not all. But it must be fused with determination.

Who would have thought a hundred years ago what we have now would be possible? The Internet, the mind-boggling advances in the sciences, as well as in other fields. If our forefathers had been content by what they had, where would we be now? Somebody did not say for nothing that the word ‘impossible’ is to be found in the dictionary alone. People with rich imagination and a matching resolution do not believe in the idea of 0 impossibility.